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28th International Festival of New Latin American Cinema
By Mireya Castañeda

It was somewhat expected, but not to such an extent, that the Coral prizes this year would be shared among various films. There hasnt been that great movie that grabs immediate attention. The jury members appreciated certain interesting aspects of each of the films in competition. And so 32 of them received prizes.

The announcement to the press of the results of the juries deliberations came in the Taganana Room in the Nacional Hotel, a few hours before the closing ceremony at the Karl Marx Theater, which includes the projection of Volver, Pedro Almodóvars latest film as extra spice.

Of the five prizes in the Full-Length Feature category, the Brazilians took away three, among them the First Coral for Suelys Sky, by Karim Ainouz; the Third Coral for The 12 Tasks by Ricardo Elías; and the Special Jury Prize for Prohibited to Prohibit, by Jorge Durán.

The Brazilians were also successful in the special sections: Sound (Antonia, by Tata Amaral); Music (Chico Buarque for The Greatest Love in the World, by Carlos Dieques) and Best Actress (Hermila Guedes in Suelys Sky).

Argentine cinematography also bore off its Corals in fiction: Second for El camino de San Diego (The San Diego Road), by Carlos Sorín; Direction, for Rodrigo Moreno, and Best Actor for Julio Chávez for El Custodio (The Security Guard); Script, Daniel Berman for Derecho de familia (Family Law); and Editing, Crónica de una fuga (Account of a Breakout).

Cuba obtained various Corals. In Full-Length Feature a special Mention for Páginas del diario de Mauricio (Pages from Mauricios Diary), by Manuel Pérez Paredes; Shorts, a Coral for Gozar, comer, partir (Enjoy, Eat and Leave), by Arturo Infante; in the Debut Film Section, First Coral for El Benny, by Jorge Luis Sánchez; Photography Coral and Artistic Direction for La edad de la peseta (The Age of the Peseta), by Pavel Giroud; Coral in Experimental Documentary for Existen (They Exist), by Esteban Insausti; and Coral for Best Unpublished Script for Peter Pan Kids, from Arturo Sotto.

The Animation Coral went to MAppelle, by Javier Mrad (Argentina) and in Documentary the First Coral went to En el hoyo (In The Hole), by Juan Carlos Rulfo (Mexico), and that of Non-Latin American Director to Pamela Yates (United States) for State of Fear: the Truth on Terrorism.

The FIPRESCI Prize, whose jury was headed this year by its general secretary, Klaus Eder, was for Nacido y Criado (Born and Bred), by Pablo Trapero (Argentina) and the SIGNIS one for Crónica de una fuga, Israel Adrián Caetano (Argentina).

The 28th International Festival of New Latin American Cinema has come to an end. Ten days (December 5-15) in darkened halls to take the pulse of the regions cinematography and appreciate and enjoy its good stories and confirm its constantly better production and, as always, those shows, international panoramas, special presentations and everything that leaves dark rings under the eyes of avid Cuban spectators.

Source: Granma International


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