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Jurors, audiences award prizes at culmination of Colombian event; the oldest film festival in Latin America.
Kiro Russo’s adventure mystery earned top honours as the 57th annual Cartagena International Film Festival came to a close on Monday night.
Dark Skull centres on a troublesome young man sent to work in the Bolivian tins mines of the Oruro region. The film premiered in Locarno last autumn.
Vladimir Duan was named best director for So Long Enthusiasm and also scooped the best film prize in the Colombian competition. It premiered in the Berlinale’s Forum strand last month.
Christopher Murray’s Venice Film festival hit The Blind Christ won the Fipresci award.
The Cartagena International Film Festival ran from March 1-6. For further details click here.
Vladimir Duan, So Long Enthusiasm
The Blind Christ
Best Film, Colombian Competition
So Long Enthusiasm
Best Director, Colombian Competition
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In May 1954, Paraguayan General Alfredo Stroessner overthrew President Federico Chávez, instituting a dictatorship that would violently rule over the country for thirty-five years. The regime regularly tortured and murdered political opponents and infamously sheltered Auschwitz physician Josef Mengele. In 2008, the country’s Truth and Justice Commission counted no less than 59 summary executions and more than 300 disappearances, nearly 19,000 incidents of torture, and nearly 20,000 arbitrary detentions during the dictatorship. Though Stroessner’s rule ended with another coup d’état in 1989, he never faced justice and his Colorado Party has ruled the country since with only a five-year interruption.Martín Almada, a victim of imprisonment and torture during the regime, spent fifteen years searching for documents that would prove his experience to the many that doubted him. In 1992, a tip-off led him to a cache of 700,000 documents detailing terror by Stroessner’s regime and a network of CIA-backed dictators in South America’s Southern Cone. »
Films and projects travel from Sundance to Rotterdam and Rotterdam’s love affair with Latin America becomes apparent.
Making their way from Sundance to Rotterdam, “Lemon” was Opening Night in the International Film Festival Rotterdam, Sloan Prize Winner “Marjorie Prime” played in Voices while director Michael Almereyda was on the Jury of the Hivos Tiger Competition. His documentary, “Escapes” also played in the Regained section of the festival.
“The Wound” by John Trengove has even longer legs, reaching from Sundance World »
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