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  • Submitted by: lena campos
  • 09 / 22 / 2012

Zombie film Juan of the Dead (2011), by Alejandro Brugues, is Cuba''s candidate for a nomination in the category of Best Latin American Film of the 27th Goya Awards in Spain. According to the Cuban Institute of Cinematographic Art and Industry (ICAIC), a specialized committee chose this film -the most popular Cuban film recently- to participate in the Spanish event and also selected the film Long Distance, by Esteban Insausti, as candidate to Ariel Prize, awarded by Mexico's Academy of Cinema.

The jury included Gerardo Chijona (director), Nelson Rodriguez (Editor), Miriam Talavera (editor), Rafael Solis (director of photography) and ICAIC Director of Artistic Creation, Marisol Rodriguez.

"Juan of the Dead" has been screened in more than 30 international festivals and has been awarded the Runner Up Audience Award at the Fantastic Fest in Austin, USA; and the Fanomenon Audience Award at the Leeds Film International Festival.

Also in 2011 it got the Audience Award at the 33rd International Festival of New Latin American Cinema in Havana, Cuba.

Meanwhile, 'Long distance', distributed in the U.S. by the New York Museum of Modern Art (MOMA)- was premiered at the New York Film Festival Society of Lincoln Center, the oldest and most prestigious film event of that city, and was also screened in Harvard Film Institute, Yale University, Chicago University and The College of William and Mary.

Insausti's debut was honored in the USA with the Special Jury Award at the Latin American Cinema Festival in New England, Providence.

Source: Prensa Latina

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