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The Official Story

Country: Argentina
Release Date: April 3, 1985
Genre(s): Drama
Director: Luis Puenzo
Cast: Héctor Alterio, Norma Aleandro, Chunchuna Villafañe ...
Awards: Oscar:Best Foreign Film; Golden Globes: Best Foreign Language Film

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The Official Story

The Official Story

The Official Story (Spanish: La historia oficial) is a 1985 Argentine drama film directed by Luis Puenzo, and written by Puenzo and Aída Bortnik. It stars Norma Aleandro, Héctor Alterio, and Chunchuna Villafañe, among others. In the United Kingdom, it was released as The Official Version.

The film is about an upper middle class couple in Buenos Aires with an adopted child. The mother comes to realize that her daughter may be the child of a desaparecido, a victim of the forced disappearances that occurred during Argentina’s Dirty War in the 1970s.

Among several other international awards, it won the Oscar for Best Foreign Language Film at the 58th Academy Awards, being the first Latin American film to achieve it.


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Data Sheet

Directed by: Luis Puenzo

Produced by: Marcelo Piñeyro

Written by: Aída Bortnik and Luis Puenzo

Starring: Héctor Alterio, Norma Aleandro, Chunchuna Villafañe

Music by: Atilio Stampone

Song: María Elena Walsh

Cinematography: Félix Monti

Release date(s): April 3, 1985

Running time: 112 minutes

Country: Argentina

Language: Spanish


Amazon.com review

This is one of those rare political films that transcend politics with a stirring emotional story. Argentinean first-time director Luis Puenzo tells the story of a strong-willed teacher who tries to learn the true identity of her adopted daughter’s father, coming to suspect that he was a political prisoner. Her political awakening is actually an emotional one as well because of her detached persona. Ironically, even though she is a teacher, she doesn’t connect with people very well, thinking of history in the most abstract terms. But she learns the painful truth of present-day life. Tautly directed by Puenzo, The Official Story was a 1985 Oscar-winner for Best Foreign Film, with a riveting performance by Norma Aleandro.

–Bill Desowitz


Amazon Customers Reviews

The Story Of Us
As and argentinian citizen, I think this is the one of the most representative film about us, ever made. The screenplay shows in a very close way, the dark years of our history, when democracy was just a dream. Norma Aleandro and Hector Alteiro are simply perfect in their roles and the music of Atilio Stampone is oustanding. The first (and by the moment, the only) Oscar for Best Foreing Language Film, to Argentina. I’m really proud that people around the world could appreciate this magnificent film.

A flawless masterpiece
Very few films have reached this level of excellence. This multiple award winner (Oscar, Cannes, etc.), is magnificently directed by Luis Puenzo and superbly acted by everyone in the cast (Norma Leandro is extraordinary). The beauty of the cinematography, with its sharp contrasts of red and blue, the editing, the script…it’s all a marvel.

One of the things this film is about is how the truth can unravel a seemingly “perfect” situation when it’s based on wrong motives and actions.

This film will capture you…you won’t just watch it, you’ll live it. Don’t miss this incredibly powerful cinematic experience.

La Historia Oficial as a teaching tool
I used this film in my upper level high school Spanish class. The students, without exception, immediately became emotionally involved with the characters and the powerful story line. They could not believe this was a part of history they were not aware of and even questioned their history teachers as to why there is no mention of this in their classrooms.

Along with the movie, we did extensive research on the “desaparecidos” and they read a few real stories of children who had been “adopted” only to find out as adults that their entire life had been a lie.

What surprised my students most of all was the relatively lenient treatment the perpetrators of this heinous crime received after being found guilty.

This movie, and topic, is suitable for an upper level high school class (4th year and up). I recommend that you prepare the students beforehand by doing some research on the topic and period of Argentinian history. It would also be valuable to research the link between the military dictator of Argentina at the time and the government of the U.S.

The Official Story, 5.0 out of 10 based on 2 ratings

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Chunchuna Villafañe and Norma Aleandro in an unforgetable scene.
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The Official Story (Spanish: La historia oficial) is a 1985 Argentine drama film directed by Luis Puenzo, and written by Puenzo and Aída Bortnik. It stars Norma Aleandro, Héctor Alterio, and Chunchuna Villafañe, among others. In the United Kingdom, it was released as The Official Version. The film is...
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