Diario de Cuba (DDC) announced that Argentine director Paula Hernández, received the Coral Grand Prize—Gran Premio Coral—for her film Los sonámbulos. Los sonámbulos [The Sleepwalkers] also won prizes for Best Script and Best Female Actor at Havana’s 41st International Festival of New Latin American Cinema [Festival Internacional del Nuevo Cine Latinoamericano de La Habana]. Argentine and Brazilian won many of the awards. Cuban films were also among the winners: Armando Capó’s Agosto won an award for Best First Film, and A media voz, by Patricia Pérez Fernández and Heidi Hassan [shown above with Pérez Fernández on her phone screen] won the award for Best Documentary. Flying Pigeon, by Daniel Santoyo Hernández, won in the category for Best Fiction Short Film. [Also see our previous post, 41st International Festival of New Latin American Cinema/.] Here are excerpts from DDC:
The Cuban films Agosto, by Armando Capó, and A media voz, by Patricia Pérez Fernández and Heidi Hassan, received this Friday, Coral Prizes in the categories First Film and Best Documentary, respectively, at Havana’s International Festival of New Latin American Cinema [Festival Internacional del Nuevo Cine Latinoamericano de La Habana]. Flying Pigeon, by Daniel Santoyo Hernández, won in the category for Best Fiction Short Film.
A few days ago, A media voz—a coproduction between Spain, France, Cuba, and Switzerland—won the award for Best Feature Film at the International Festival of Documentary Film (IFDA) in Amsterdam, Netherlands.
“Many thanks to the jury because, with this recognition, they are not only rewarding our work, but also the female perspective, first person cinema, the Young Filmmakers, and the EICTV,” wrote Heidi Hassan on her Facebook account. “With this award, the Festival also legitimizes Cuban independent cinema and Cuban filmmakers who make films from outside the country,” she said, as she did in her acceptance speech.
On his end, Armando Capó thanked his staff for the generosity, as well as the Havana Film Festival and the EICTV International Film and Television School, as reported on Facebook by the state-run Cuban Institute of Cinematographic Art and Industry (ICAIC).
The overall winner of this 41st edition of the festival was headed by the feature film Los sonámbulos, by Argentine director Paula Hernández. [. . .]
Excerpts translated by Ivette Romero. See the full, original article (in Spanish) at https://diariodecuba.com/cultura/1576325871_7590.html