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PR: Margot Benacerraf's Araya on DVD Apr 5


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Margot Benacerraf's Araya on DVD Apr 5Benacerraf's tour de force explores a day in the lives of three families living in Araya, an arid peninsula in northeastern Venezuela. For centuries, since its discovery by the Spanish, the region's salt was collected and stacked into radiant white pyramids. Benacerraf captured breathtaking and unforgettable images - from the saliñeros toiling to build the mountains of salt, to fishermen hauling in huge teeming nets, to a young girl and her grandmother laying "flowers" of shells on windswept graves.

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Araya a film by Margot Benacerraf

Press Release
March 1, 2011

World DVD Premiere to be released April 5, 2011
Featured at 2009 Berlin International Film Festival and screened in over 75 US cities.



See the trailer at www.arayafilm.com

"Araya has lost none of its ability to fascinate and move us with its hypnotic combination of beauty and hardship. It's a gift to cineastes." - STEVEN SODERBERGH

MILESTONE is proud to present one of the finest cinematic discoveries in recent years. In 1959, Araya shared the prestigious International Critics Prize at the Cannes Film Festival with Alain Resnais' Hiroshima Mon Amour. But it was soon overlooked and forgotten until Milestone restored Araya from the original 35mm internegative and released it in theaters in 2009. Critics and audiences were stunned by the glowing cinematography, powerful story and passionate love for the culture that director Margot Benacerraf had captured so many decades before. Her meticulously planned tone poem's imagery, music, sound and language create a moving and magical exploration of a desolate place and the remarkable people who lived there.

Benacerraf's tour de force explores a day in the lives of three families living in Araya, an arid peninsula in northeastern Venezuela. For centuries, since its discovery by the Spanish, the region's salt was collected and stacked into radiant white pyramids. Benacerraf captured breathtaking and unforgettable images - from the saliñeros toiling to build the mountains of salt, to fishermen hauling in huge teeming nets, to a young girl and her grandmother laying "flowers" of shells on windswept graves.

Milestone's deluxe DVD edition is derived from a stunning 2K scan off of the director's original 35mm interpositive. With three added documentaries on Benacerraf, two commentary tracks with the director, and her first film REVERON on the famed Venezuelan painter, Araya is guaranteed to be one of the best releases of the year!

Exclusively distributed to wholesalers and stores by Oscilloscope Laboratories.

The DVD is also available for purchase direct from www.arayafilm.com or calling Milestone's toll-free number (800) 603-1104

A FILM BY THE MARGOT BENACERRAF PRESERVATION FUNDED BY MILESTONE FILM & VIDEO RESTORED BY SCOTT MacQUEEN and DENNIS DOROS WITH FOTOKEM, MODERN VIDEOFILM AND AUDIO MECHANICS DVD PRODUCED BY D. ADRIAN ROTHSCHILD Street 04/05/11 UPC 784148011448 SRP $29.95 ISBN 978-1-933920-22-1 Item # MILE00114 VENEZUELA/FRANCE

SPECIAL BONUS FEATURES

1) ARAYA (82 mins. B&W. 16x9.) New 2K scan from the original 35mm interpositive.
2) Restored Spanish soundtrack with new English subtitles. French language soundtrack.
3) REVERON, the first film by Margot Benacerraf. 1953. B&W. 23 minutes.
4) THE FILM OF HER LIFE: ARAYA. Documentary by Antoine Mora.
5) Two extensive television interviews with Margot Benacerraf.
6) Two Audio Commentaries: Interviews with Margot Benacerraf on ARAYA and REVERON.
7) ARAYA American trailer.
8) ARAYA Press kit (PDF file for DVD-Rom download)
9) From the Files of Margot Benacerraf (PDF file for digital download)



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News Editor March 5, 2011, 12:25 pm