The Lighthouse (film)

The Lighthouse (film)

Infobox Film
name = El faro

image_size =
caption = Theatrical poster
director = Eduardo Mignogna
producer = José Antonio Félez Jorge Rocca
writer =
narrator =
starring = Ingrid Rubio Ricardo Darín
music = Baby López Fürst
cinematography = Marcelo Camorino
editing = Juan Carlos Macías Nacho Ruiz Capillas
distributor = Distribution Company
released = Argentina: April 16 1998 Spain: May 22 1998
runtime = 109 minutes
country = Argentina
language = Spanish
budget =
website =
amg_id = 1:309311
imdb_id = 0168749

"El faro" (English: "The Lighthouse") (1998) is an Argentine and Spanish drama film directed by Eduardo Mignogna. The film is also known is Spain as "El faro del sur." [imdb title|id=0168749|title=El faro]

The screenplay was a collaborative effort of Graciela Aguirre, José Antonio Félez, Eduardo Mignogna, and Santiago Carlos Oves. It features Ingrid Rubio, Jimena Barón, among others.

The film won numerous awards including the Goya Awards for Best Foreign Film.


Two Argentine sisters, Memé and Aneta, are devastated when their mother dies in a fatal car crash. Memé, the elder, is also left lame with one badly scarred leg. The orphaned girls move to Uruguay to stay with their aunts. The sisters often argue, but they are actually very close. Memé flirts but has no luck with boys because of her injury.

On their own now, Memé works as a waitress where she gets to know Andy (Ricardo Darín).

Returning to Montevideo, they meet Dolores (Norma Aleandro), a friend of their late mother. Memé's affair with a man complicates her relationship with her sister. Then Andy invites the pair to his seaside retreat, a lighthouse where their rivalry continues.


The film opened wide in Argentina on April 16, 1998. In Spain it opened on May 22, 1998.

It was screened in the United States at the Miami Hispanic Film Festival, Miami, Florida.

DVD release

The DVD (USA & territories, plus Canada) of "El Faro" was released on September 21 2004 by Venevision.


* Ingrid Rubio as Carmela (nicknamed Memé)
* Jimena Barón as Aneta as a child
* Norberto Díaz as Fernando
* Ricardo Darín as Andy
* Jorge Marrale as Miguel
* Norma Aleandro as Dolores
* Boy Olmi as Richard
* Mariano Martínez as Javier
* Ina Casares as Angelita
* Florencia Bertotti as Aneta
* Alejandra Aleano as Dolores
* Roberto Vallejos as Michi
* Oscar Ferrigno Jr. as Priest
* Elcira Olivera Garcés as Encarna
* Carmen Renard as Conserje


* Montréal World Film Festival: Best Actress, Ingrid Rubio, Prize of the Ecumenical Jury, Eduardo Mignogna; 1998.
* Argentine Film Critics Association Awards: Silver Condor, Best Actress ("Mejor Actriz"), Ingrid Rubio; Best Director ("Mejor Director"), Eduardo Mignogna; Best New Actress ("Mejor Revelación Femenina"), Jimena Barón; 1999.
* Goya Awards: Goya, Best Spanish Language Foreign Film ("Mejor Película Extranjera de Habla Hispana"), Eduardo Mignogna, Argentina; 1999.
* Oslo Films from the South Festival: Audience Award, Eduardo Mignogna; 1999.

* Butaca Awards, Barcelona, Spain: Butaca, Best Catalan Film Actress ("Millor actriu catalana de cinema"), Ingrid Rubio; 1998.
* Montréal World Film Festival: "Grand Prix des Amériques", Eduardo Mignogna; 1998.
* Festróia - Tróia International Film Festival: Golden Dolphin, Eduardo Mignogna; 1999.
* Argentine Film Critics Association Awards: Silver Condor, Best Art Direction/Production Design ("Mejor Dirección Artística/Escenografía"), Abel Facello; Best Cinematography (Mejor Fotografía), Marcelo Camorino; Best Film (Mejor Película); Best Music (Mejor Música), Baby López Fürst; Best New Actress ("Mejor Revelación Femenina"), Florencia Bertotti; Best Screenplay, Original ("Mejor Guión Original"), Eduardo Mignogna, Santiago Carlos Oves, Graciela Aguirre, and José Antonio Félez; 1999.



External links

* [ "El faro"] at the sp icon.

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