El ciudadano ilustre (The Distinguished Citizen). 2016. Argentina/Spain. Directed by Mariano Cohn, Gastón Duprat. Screenplay by Andrés Duprat. In Spanish; English subtitles. 120 min.
With Oscar Martínez, Dady Brieva, Andrea Frigerio. There would be nothing remarkable about the provincial Argentinian town of Salas were it not for Daniel Mantovani (Oscar Martínez), a Nobel-winning author who left many moons ago to live in Europe. Decades later, Daniel has surprisingly accepted an invitation to return home to accept a “distinguished citizen” designation. The townsfolk welcome their native son with much fanfare, but the enthusiasm quickly wanes as Daniel’s dark wit and cosmopolitan values prove too much to handle. Mariano Cohn and Gastón Duprat's light-hearted comedy breathes new life into the conflict between conformist small towns and globetrotting élites.