The Corals of the 35th Festival of the New Latin American Cinema in Havana

From the 150 films in contest, only a few won the Corals of the 35th Festival of the New Latin American Cinema in Havana; according to the jury's verdict, the ones that best portrayed with unquestionable ethical and esthetical values the reality of the sub region and the groups of problems existing from Río Bravo to the Patagonia.

Cecilia Crespo
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2013-12-18

From the 150 films in contest, only a few won the Corals of the 35th Festival of the New Latin American Cinema in Havana; according to the jury's verdict, the ones that best portrayed with unquestionable ethical and esthetical values the reality of the sub region and the groups of problems existing from Río Bravo to the Patagonia.

The great winner of the recently ended edition was Heli, directed by Mexican Amat Escalante, which obtained three collateral prizes and the First Coral. It is a disturbing drama on the violence produced by drug dealing and the vicissitudes of teenage love.

The Uruguayan drama El lugar del hijo, by Manuel Nieto, and Gloria, by Chilean Sebastián Lelio, conquered the second and third Corals, respectively.

Wakolda, a historical film by Argentinian Lucía Puenzo about the presence of Nazi medical doctor Josef Mengele in the southern country, was recognized with a special prize of the Jury, and its director additionally deserved the Coral in that specialty.

The most relevant result of the event for the Cuban cinematography were the Corals to Eduardo del Llano for his short film Casting and to Arturo Sotto for the script of Boccacerías habaneras, a feature that also obtained the Prize of the Popularity.

In the First Film section, the First Coral was obtained by the Brazilian feature El lobo detrás de la puerta, by Fernando Coimbra, one of the films that most expectation aroused among specialists and public. That multi-awarded thriller was followed by Los insólitos peces gatos, by Mexican Claudia Sainte-Luce, and El verano de los peces voladores, by Marcela Said, from Chile. A special prize in this category was awarded to La jaula de oro, by Diego Quemada Diez, film that deserved four collateral prizes.

Best documentary was Elena, by Brasilian Petra Costa, and best animation film, O menino e o mundo, by Ale Abreu, also from Brazil.

In the closing ceremony a Coral of Honor was awarded to Cuban actor Reynaldo Miravalles, whose most recent film participation, the feature Esther en alguna parte by Gerardo Chijona, was shown off contest.

Translated by Olimpia Sigarroa

 

 

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