NEON BULL Tops Cartagena

The Cartagena Film Festival -the oldest running film festival in Latin America- has announced the winners of its 56th edition. The top prize for Best Film, with a cash prize of $15,000 USD, was presented to the Brazilian film Neon Bull / Boi Neon (pictured left) by Gabriel Mascaro.

The Chilean film El viento sabe que vuelvo a casa / The Winds Know that I’m Coming Back Home by José Luis Torres Leiva was the winner of the award for Best Documentary, while Colombian filmmaker Jorge Caballero was awarded for Best Director in the documentary competition for his film Paciente / Patient. Jerónimo Rodríguez’s documentary debut El rastreador de estatuas / The Monument Hunter, also from Chile, was presented with a Special Jury Prize.

In the Colombian competition, the winner for Best Film was Noche herida / Wounded Night (pictured right) by Nicolás Rincón, while Luis Ospina was presented with the Best Director Award for his documentary film Todo comenzó por el fin / It All Started at the End, which was also recipient of the Audience Award. Angela Osorio and Santiago Lozano were presented with a Special Jury Award for their film Siembra.

The Mexican film Chronic by Michel Franco was the winner in the Gemas competition, and Chilean film Aquí no ha pasado nada by Alejandro Fernández Almendras was the winner of the FIPRESCI Award. La impresión de una guerra / Impression of a War by Camilo Restrepo from Colombia was presented as Best Short Film.

The 56th edition of the Cartagena Film Festival took place March 2-7 in Colombia.