Killing Jesus win a Glauber Rocha prize in the International Festival of Latin American Cinema

Killing Jesus win a Glauber Rocha prize in the International Festival of Latin American Cinema

Film & Television

Prensa Latina service

The Colombo-Argentinean movie Killing Jesus, of the director Laura Mora, deserved, in this city, the Glauber Rocha Prize 2017 awarded by the foreign press accredited in the 39th International Festival of the New Latin American Cinema. 

Supported by the News Latin-American Agency, Latin Press, the judge highlighted the original and touching way to approach the conflicts generated by the violence and the traumas that this can cause in its victims, from a social, psychological and humanist perspective. 

Also, the judge praises the excellent direction, production, photography and the quality of Natasha Jaramillo and Giovanny Rodríguez’s performances, as well as the selected shots to handle the spectator among the risk, the marginalization and the beauty of the Medellin city, during the movie work. 

When basing the verdict, the judge kept in mind the expressive resources of the cinema depending on a light but brave script that shows a social reality not only in Colombian but also in several countries of the Latin American continent. 

They value equally the way of exposing the deaths made by order, the official indolence, the multiple murders without solving, the crime rate, the corruption, the use of a third person to make criminal acts and, especially, of young people by way of triggers. 

The film, inspired in director's life, tells Paula's history (Natasha Jaramillo) who witnesses her father's murder in Medellin and she decides to take the law into her own hands in the face of the little attention from the official authorities. 

The development of the storyline generates multiple questions surrounding moral conflicts, the sense of the violence and the revenge, which circle, the main character of the film decides to break, at least, for her part, and after torn herself between logical feelings of repulsion and resentment. 

In turn, the director and scriptwriter had the good judgement of distracting her work on the revenge but in an intent of understanding the dissimilar realities of the people that use the violence as a lifestyle, subsistence or power, and they also serve of instrument to the other people´s interests. 

Such interests many times request and generate violence, this is one of the most serious problems that affect the life right now in Latin America. 

The judge of this collateral prize was presided over by Martha Sánchez (Latin Press) and Alain Valdés (Globe weekly) and composed by the correspondents Francisco Forteza (ANSA), Reny Martínez (DanceToday magazine), Yanisbel Peña (Havana Reporter) and Yaimí Ravelo (Latin American Summary). 

On the other hand, this tribunal decided to award with a mention to The movie of my life, from the Brazilian Selton Melo, by virtue of its production level and the style, that remembers to the Cinema Novo because to take up again a language that has gone losing in the cinematography of that country. 

Moreover, it shows current problems as much in Brazil as in other nations of the continent, and they outstandingly, for their high quality, the performances, the photography and the well-made of the work in general. 

Established in 1985 with the objective of encourage the new Latin American Cinema movement that burst with singular force in the sixties of the last century, the distinction is conferred to the fiction feature film that expresses, with artistic rigour and authenticity, the social reality of Latin America. 

Dedicated to remember the well-known figure of the Brazilian film director Glauber Rocha, the prize was awarded for the first time in 1985 to the Argentinean Fernando Birri for the group of his work.