Charly Morales Valido
Argentine film Alanis, directed by Anahí Berneri, won the Coral Prize for Best Fiction Feature in the39th International Festival of the New Latin American Cinema. Another December goes by, and the Festival Madness is over until next year...
Of the 34 awards given at Charles Chaplin movie theater, 25 were for women and, precisely, several professionals called attention to the role of women in the stories of several films.
Among the more shocking productions were Cuba's Sergio & Sergey; La novia del desierto (Valeria Pivaro and Maria Cecilia Atán, Argentina); and Matar a Jesús (Laura Mora, Colombia).Preciselly that film was also distinguished with the collateral prizes of Casa de las Américas and the Glauber Rocha of the Latin American News Agency Prensa Latina.
Zama, from the Argentinean director Lucrecia Martel, won the Coral Prize for Direction, the FIPRESCI Award (International Federation of the Film Critics) and the Best Sound and Artistic Direction prizes.
Other hits from this Festival were Las dos Irenes, by Brazilian Fabio Meira; Los buenos demonios, by Gerardo Chijona (Cuba); and the American documentary Chavela, by Catherine Gund, dedicated to an essential figure of Mexican folk music, Chavela Vargas.