Argentinian Director and Screenwriter Ana Piterbarg was raised in Buenos Aires where she studied cinema at the ENERC (Experimental Center for Film Direction at the National Institute of Cinema and Audiovisual Arts).
For several years, she worked as an assistant director in film and television, working for Adrián Caetano, Cuesta abajo – Historias Breves I (Downhill – Brief Stories I - 1995) and La expresión del deseo (An Expression of Desire – 1998); Martín Rejtman, The Magic Gloves (2003); and Fernando Spiner, Adios querida luna (Goodbye Dear Moon – 2004), among others.
Ana's short feature No Mires (Don't Look) won the Best Fiction Award 2004 at the Women in Cinema Festival. She also directed fiction series for Argentinean television: Campeones de la vida (Champions of Life – 2000), Malandras (2003); television series for Chilean television (Loco por ti (Crazy About You – 2004), Los Galindo (The Galindos – 2005); and two television documentary series for Canal de la Ciudad and Canal Encuentro: Glorias de mi ciudad (Delights of My City – 2006) and Mestizo, una historia del arte latinoamericano (Mestizo, a History of Art in Latin America – 2007).
In April, 2008, her screenplay Everybody Has A Plan won the Julio Alejandro Prize granted by the Author Foundation (SGAE) and the Buñuel Institute in Spain.
Most recently, Ana directed Everybody Has A Plan, starring Viggo Mortensen, as her first feature film. The slow burn identity thriller was released in Argentina, Uruguay and Spain in 2012, had its North American premiere at the 2012 Toronto International Film Festival, and will be released in 2013 for the USA, UK, France, Canada, Greece, Turkey, Japan and Scandinavia.
Peterbarg's debut is a neo noir exercise, a film that seems to have more psychological interests than would be expected in a thriller. Ana began writing the screenplay ten years ago. In some interviews, the director tells that for a long time she had been thinking of Mortensen as the epitome casting choice for the main character. Some months after the screenplay won the Prix Julio Alejandro, she met the actor by chance at the entrance to the San Lorenzo football club in Buenos Aires. She had gone there to pick up her child who was at the swimming pool, and Mortensen was buying some T-shirts of his favorite football team. She introduced herself and told him about the script, and just a few months later, they were working together.
Everybody Has a Plan is an example of the classic film noir thriller, in which Mortensen plays the double roles of Agustin, a successful doctor caught in a floundering marriage, and his twin brother, Pedro, who is dying of cancer. While visiting Pedro, Agustin comes up with the idea of assuming his dying brother's identity in order to leave behind his posh but stifling existence in the city.
Piterbarg's film is an exciting first feature, a complex character study. Shot in the Delta of Tigre, a swampy isolated area not far from Buenos Aires, the location evokes a fitting murky atmosphere for the film's many startling plot twists.
For superb orchestration on all fronts as a director Ana Piterbarg
is the recipient of TheWIFTS Foundation 2012 Adrienne Fancey Best Film Award.