The Lighthouse (film)

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El faro
Theatrical release poster
Directed byEduardo Mignogna
Produced byJosé Antonio Félez
Jorge Rocca
Written byGraciela Aguirre
José Antonio Félez
Eduardo Mignogna
Santiago Carlos Oves
StarringIngrid Rubio
Ricardo Darín
Music byBaby López Fürst
CinematographyMarcelo Camorino
Edited byJuan Carlos Macías
Nacho Ruiz Capillas
Distributed byDistribution Company
Release date
  • April 16, 1998 (1998-04-16) (Argentina)
  • May 22, 1998 (1998-05-22) (Spain)
Running time
109 minutes

El faro (The Lighthouse) is a 1998 Argentine-Spanish drama film directed by Eduardo Mignogna. The film is also known in Spain as El faro del Sur.[1]

The screenplay was a collaborative effort of Graciela Aguirre, José Antonio Félez, Eduardo Mignogna, and Santiago Carlos Oves. It features Ingrid Rubio, Jimena Barón, among others. The film won numerous awards including the Goya Awards for Best Foreign Film.


Two Argentine sisters, Memé and Aneta, are devastated when their mother dies in a fatal car crash. Memé, the elder, is also left lame with one badly scarred leg. The orphaned girls move to Uruguay to stay with their aunts. The sisters often argue, but they are actually very close. Memé flirts but has no luck with boys because of her injury.

On their own now, Memé works as a waitress where she gets to know Andy (Ricardo Darín).

Returning to Montevideo, they meet Dolores (Norma Aleandro), a friend of their late mother. Memé's affair with a man complicates her relationship with her sister. Then Andy invites the pair to his seaside retreat, a lighthouse where their rivalry continues.



The film opened wide in Argentina on April 16, 1998. In Spain it opened on May 22, 1998. It was screened in the United States at the Miami Hispanic Film Festival, Miami, Florida.

Home media[edit]

The DVD (USA & territories, plus Canada) of El Faro was released on September 21, 2004 by Venevision.




  • Butaca Awards, Barcelona, Spain: Butaca, Best Catalan Film Actress (Millor actriu catalana de cinema), Ingrid Rubio; 1998.
  • Montréal World Film Festival: Grand Prix des Amériques, Eduardo Mignogna; 1998.
  • Festróia - Tróia International Film Festival: Golden Dolphin, Eduardo Mignogna; 1999.
  • Argentine Film Critics Association Awards: Silver Condor, Best Art Direction/Production Design (Mejor Dirección Artística/Escenografía), Abel Facello; Best Cinematography (Mejor Fotografía), Marcelo Camorino; Best Film (Mejor Película); Best Music (Mejor Música), Baby López Fürst; Best New Actress (Mejor Revelación Femenina), Florencia Bertotti; Best Screenplay, Original (Mejor Guión Original), Eduardo Mignogna, Santiago Carlos Oves, Graciela Aguirre, and José Antonio Félez; 1999.


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