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Sunday May 20, 2012

Uruguayan Oscar Winner for Best Original Song is Commended For His Acting Debut

Uruguayan Oscar Winner for Best Original Song is Commended For His Acting Debut

Photo: Jorge Drexler

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Argentine director Daniel Burman praised the work of Jorge Drexler in his film “La Suerte en Tus Manos” (All In), which he said was so good he quite forgot that the Uruguayan singer-songwriter had never acted before.

“Drexler showed up for the first day (of shooting) with three pages of the script completely memorized, all with the right nuances, without any excuses and ready to go,” the filmmaker said Saturday in an interview with Efe.

“I never remembered that he wasn’t an actor,” he said about the musician’s mastery of his role as a professional poker player who looks up a former girlfriend after breaking up with his wife.

“La Suerte en Tus Manos” premiered in Argentina last March 29 and was presented in late April at New York’s Tribeca Film Festival and at the Malaga Film Festival in Spain.

The Uruguayan artist, winner of a best original song Oscar for the track “Al Otro Lado del Rio” (On the Other Side of the River) that he created for the 2004 Ernest “Che” Guevara biopic “The Motorcycle Diaries,” is “not just an actor or a musician,” but “a person with a great sense of empathy,” Burman said.

Drexler, who co-produced that film starring Mexican actor Gael Garcia Bernal, “is capable of establishing a perfect link with another actor, and that’s basic for making a movie,” the filmmaker said.

Burman, whose comedy-dramas have drawn comparisons to the films of Woody Allen, is best-known for pictures such as “Derecho de Familia” (Family Law) and “El Abrazo Partido” (Lost Embrace).