Magazine article Screen International

Guadalajara Reveals Festival and Industry Winners

Magazine article Screen International

Guadalajara Reveals Festival and Industry Winners

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Director Patricio Guzman's Cordillera among winners in industry strands.

The 32nd Guadalajara Film Festival (March 10-17), bookended by fierce criticism of US president Donald Trump by local and international industry, has feted Everardo Gonzalez's documentary Devil's Freedom (La Libertad Del Diablo) with best Mexican feature, best Ibero-American documentary and best cinematography as well as the Mexican film critics trophy.

The feature, about violence in Mexico, is handled by Films Boutique and received its world premiere in Berlin earlier this year where it won an Amnesty International award.

Carlos Lechuga's Santa And Andres, about political dissent in Cuba, was named best Ibero-American feature and also won best script.

Nicaraguan director Jose Maria Cabral's prison drama Carpinteros (Woodpeckers) won best Ibero-American director in addition to best actor for Jean Jean.

Mexican debutant Sofia Gomez's The Blue Years (Los Anios Azules), a coming of age drama, garnered five awards including best director, the Fipresci prize and best actress for Paloma Dominguez.

Jose Ramon Chavez's family drama AyudameA Pasar La Noche (Help Me Make it Through the Night) won the audience award for a Mexican film.

The jury, which handed out close to [Euro]80,000 in prizes, included veteran Mexican director Jaime Humberto Hermosillo, director Bruce LaBruce, Argentinian producer and Tribeca advisory committee member Gabriela Sandoval and US journalist Anna Thompson.

Industry prizes

Private sponsors backed industry strands at the festival to the tune of [Euro]660,000 in cash and services. …

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