CONDUCTA Wins at Havana Film Fest New York

The Cuban film Conducta / Behavior (pictured) by Ernesto Danaras was the winner of Havana Star Prize for Best Film at the 15th edition of the Havana New York Film Festival. Alina Rodriguez, protagonist of Danaras' directorial feature, was the winner of the Best Actress in her role of Carmela, a retiring teacher who develops a strong bond with one of his most troublesome students.

Spanish-born director Diego Quemada-Diez was awarded the prize for Best Director for his Mexican film La jaula de oro / The Golden Dream, while Cuban film Melaza by Carlos Lechuga was awarded the prize for Best Screenplay, the Ecuadorian film You Shall Not Steal / No robarás (a menos que sea necesario) by Viviana Cordero won the Best Cinematography Award, and Reinaldo Miravalles, protagonist of the Cuban film Esther Somewhere / Esther en alguna parte by Gerardo Chijona received the Best Actor award.

In the documentary section, the US-Mexico production De cometas y fronteras / Of Kites and Borders by Yolana Pividal was the winner of the Best Documentary Award. The 15th edition of the Havana New York Film Festival took place April 3-11.