Mexican film Heli (pictured) by Amat Escalante was awarded the Cine Latino prize for Best Ibero-American Film at the 25th edition of the Palm Springs Film Festival in California.
This year's Cine Latino prize, presented by the Guadalajara International Film Festival and the University of Guadalajara Foundation/USA, was awarded ex aequo with the Spanish film Vivir es fácil con los ojos cerrados / Living Is Easy with Eyes Closed by David Trueba.
Jury members include Anna Marie de la Fuente, Chief Latin America writer, Variety, Emilio Kauderer, music composer of Oscar winning The Secret of their Eyes, and Iván Trujillo Bolio, Director of the Guadalajara International Film Festival. The Cine Latino award comes with a cash prize of $7,500.
The jury gave a Special Mention to Chilean film Gloria by Sebastián Lelio. The festival running January 3-13 featured 191 films from 60 countries, including 46 of the 76 Oscar entries up for this year’s best foreign language film competition.