The Argentine film Una especie de familia / A Sort of Family by Diego Lerman was the winner of the top prize, the Grand Jury Award for Best Film in in the Knight competition at the 35th edition of the Miami Film Festival. The winners were announced last night at the closing night ceremony.
Lerman's fifth feature film follows Malena, (played by Spanish actress Barbara Lennie) who travels from Buenos Aires to Argentina’s Misiones Province brimming with hope after learning that a child she plans to adopt is soon to be born. Upon her arrival, she is informed that the biological mother’s is demanding much more money than was originally agreed, prompting Malena to petition her estranged husband for help—inciting a legally and ethically thorny journey in which numerous small compromises are dwarfed by a deep-seated maternal impulse.
The Venezuelan film La Familia, the debut feature by Gustavo Rondón was the winner of the HBO Ibero-American Feature Film Award, as well as the Rene Rodriguez Critics Award, while the the Uruguayan actor César Troncoso was the winner of the Best Performance in the Knight competition for Otra historia del mundo / Another Story of the World by Guillermo Casanova.
The 35th edition of the Miami International Film Festival took place March 9 - 18 in Florida.