By contributing blogger Benjamín Harguindey
The 28th Mar del Plata International Film Festival was given closure this Saturday during a ceremony held at the Auditorium Theater where the winners for both the official and unofficial awards were announced. The Festival this year held a record of 100,000 moviegoers from all over the world, with over 400 movies screening.
The undisputed winner this year was the Venezuelan The Golden Cage (La Jaula de Oro), winning Best Movie, People’s Choice, Critic’s Choice and Best Photography. Venezuelan Pelo Malo (Bad Hair) won Best Director and Best Screenplay, and The Utility of a Magazine Rack (La utilidad de un revistero) won 2 Best Argentine Director awards (official and unofficial). Festival favorite José Campusano won 3 unofficial festival awards for his new movie Ghosts of the Road (Fantasmas de la ruta).
During the ceremony Liliana Mazure reiterated the end of her term as INCAA (National Institute of Cinema and Audiovisual Arts) president.
OFFICIAL FESTIVAL AWARDS
Best International Movie: La Jaula de Oro, by Diego Quemada-Diez
Best International Director: Mariana Rondón for Pelo Malo
Best International Screenplay: Mariana Rondón for Pelo Malo
Best International Actress: Marian Álvarez for La Herida (The Wound)
Best International Actor: Vincent Macaigne for La Bataille de Solférino (The Battle of Solferino)
Special Jury Award: Little Feet, by Alexandre Rockwell
Special Mention: The Bright Day, by Hossein Shahabi
People’s Choice: La jaula de oro, by Diego Quemada-Diez
Best Latin American Movie: Los Insólitos Peces Gato (The Strange Cat Fish), by Claudia SainteLuce
Best Latin American Short: Nadie Especial (Nobody Special), by Juan Alejandro Ramírez
Best Argentine Movie: La utilidad de un revistero, by Adriano Salgado
Best Argentine Director: Ada Frontini for Escuela de sordos (School for the Deaf)
Best Argentine Short Feature: Espacio personal (Personal Space), by Natural Arpajou
Best Argentine Short Feature Director: Mariano Luque for Sociales (Socials)
Best Argentine Project (Work in Progress): El Patrón (The Boss), by Sebastián Schindel
Mentions: Miramar, by Fernando Sarquís and Necrofobia (Necrophobia), by Daniel de La Vega
Honorable Mentions: Yo sé lo que envenena (I Know What Poisons) by Federico Sosa and Cancha 3 (Field 3)by Jorge Leandro Colás
UNOFFICIAL FESTIVAL AWARDS
MOVIECITY Award for Best Argentine Movie: Choele, by Juan Sasiaín
DAC Award for Best Argentine Director: Adriano Salgado for La utilidad de un revistero
FIPRESCI Award for Best Latin American Feature Length: Penumbra, by Eduardo Villanueva.
Best “Argentine Panorama” Movie Award: El Crítico (The Critic), by Hernán Guerschuny
Critic’s Award for Best International Movie: La jaula de oro, by Diego QuemadaDiez and Fantasmas de la ruta, by José Campusano
ADF Award for Best Photography in an International Movie: La Jaula de Oro, byDiego QuemadaDiez
ARGENTORES Award for Best Argentine Script: José Campusano, for Fantasmas de la Ruta
Ventana Sur Award for “Open Veins” Movie: Videoclub, by Pablo Illanes
SADAIC Award for Best Music in an Argentine Movie: Choele, de Juan Sasiaín
Tato Miller Award: El Vals de los Inútiles (Waltz of the Useless), by Edison Cájas
Revelation Actor & Actress in an Argentine Movie: Manuela Piqué for Liberen a García (Free García) y José Manuel Espeche for Polvareda (Dust Storm).
Best Editiing in an Argentine Movie Award: Maravilla, un luchador adentro y afuera del cuadrilátero (Maravilla, a Fighter Inside and Outside the Ring) , by Juan Pablo Cadaveira
Best “Original Soundtrack” Section Award: El Blues de los Plomos (Blues of the Dull) by Gabriel Patrono and Paulo Soria
MAR DE CHICOS Award for Best Short Feature: Juegos de Guerra, (War Games) by Bruno Scopazzo
Special Mentions: El Gatito (The Kitten) by Pablo Sicialiano and Modesta historia de un suntuoso derrochón (Modest Story of a Sumptuous Spiller) by Gonzalo Rimoldi
FEISAL Award for Best Competing Movie from a Latin American filmmaker under 35: Las Analfabetas (Illiterate) by Moisés Sepúlveda
SIGNIS Award for Best International Movie: La Jaula de Oro, be Diego QuemadaDiez
Special Mention: Fantasmas de la Ruta, by José Campusano
Best Trailer: Emiliano Serra for La multitud (The Crowd) by Martín Oesterheld
Best Poster: Martin Lehmann for Mika, mi guerra de España (Mika, My war of Spain) by Fito Pochat and Javier Olivera
Best Cinematographic Essay: Alejandro Kelly for Aprendiendo a vivir. Familia y Sociedad en el cine de ingenuo (Learning to Live. Family and Society in Ingenue Cinema).