Magazine article Americas Quarterly

The Distinguished Citizen

Magazine article Americas Quarterly

The Distinguished Citizen

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The Distinguished Citizen

Early in The Distinguished Citizen, Daniel Mantovani (Oscar Martínez) says the only thing he's ever done is escape the town of his youth. The truth is that his past sustains him more than he would like to admit.

Daniel, the "distinguished citizen" of this dark comedy by Gastón Duprat and Mariano Cohn, is an aging novelist who earned a Nobel Prize by retelling the tales of his native Salas, a rural town in the Argentine pampas. He lives in Europe and hasn't been back to Salas in nearly 40 years, preferring to revisit the places and characters of his adolescence only by setting versions of them down on the page.

But five years after winning the Nobel, Daniel has run out of ideas, and spends more time turning down interview requests than actually writing. An unexpected invitation from the mayor of Salas-who wants to honor its illustrious native son-lures Daniel back to the source of his creative inspiration. …

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