According to Variety, the Gema Films-Mutokino co-production is on a winning streak, having just won the top awards at the March 2016 Guadalajara Int'l Film Fest, including Best Ibero-American Film, director and actress for all three actresses in the nearly dialogue-free triptych.
The official selection panel of jury, which included Ciro Guerra, Karim Ainouz, Daniela Michel, Ezequiel Acuna and Alonso Cueto, also awarded Kleber Mendonca Filho's 1940s-set drama 'Aquarius' of Brazil with a special jury prize and a best actress award to Sonia Braga for her performance in the picture.
Venezuelan Lorenzo Vigas took home best director for his Venice Golden Lion-winning drama 'From Afar'. Ecuador's Ana Cristina Barragan won the best debut feature award as well as the 2016 Premio APC from the Peruvian communications association for her coming-of-age pic, 'Alba'.
In the documentary competition, Mexico's Tatiana Huezo and her moving documentary 'Tempestad', which first came to light as a work-in-progress at the Morelia Film Festival last year, won Best Documentary for its "ability to narrate a long journey into the heart of a nation besieged by dark clouds of injustice".
The docs jury led by Nicolas Echevarria, Gema Juarez-Allen and Aldo Garay also granted a special mention to 'El Dorado XXI' by Portugal’s Salome Lamas, whose haunting documentary about the Andean villages of La Rinconada and Cerro Lunar, deemed the highest villages in the world, "provides a singular cinematographic vision of a remote world".
Both docs dominated a selection of strong titles that included Maya Goded's 2015 Morelia work-in-progress and Sundance 2016 entry, 'Plaza de la Soledad', and 'When Two Worlds Collide', co-directed by Peruvian-German Heidi Brandenburg and Welsh helmer Matthew Orzel, which pivots on the conflict in the Amazon between government forces and the indigenous populace.
The Sundance-winning documentary, produced by Taira Akbar, is slated for release across Latin America by Disney-owned Cinecolor and a US platform release by First Run Features, starting August 17.