AQUÍ ESTOY, AQUÍ NO and POLVO Awarded at Antofagasta


The Chilean film Aquí estoy, aquí no / Here I Am, Here I'm Not (pictured) by Elisa Eliash was awarded the prizes for Best Film, Best Director and the Audience Award at the sixth edition of the Antofagasta Film Festival which ran November 13-18 in the northern Chilean city.

Eliash's sophomore film follows Ramiro, a journalist that after being on a car accident, develops phobia to speed. Suspended from his job, a mysterious publisher commissioned him to write the unauthorized biography of Ana Patricia Jones Ahumada, a Chilean rock legend. The investigation leads them to start a relationship, until one day she dies in a car accident. Devastated, Ramiro meets a woman of identical features and try to reconstruct it the image of his beloved.

The Guatemalan film Polvo / Dust (pictured right) by Julio Hernández Cordón was awarded the prize for Best International Film. The film explores the weight of the past, including the desire for vengeance, in the wake of the Guatemalan Civil War.

In the Chilean Documentary competition, the prize for Best Documentary went to El otro día / The Other Day by Ignacio Agüero, while Pachi Bustos received the prize for Best Director for her film Cuentos sobre el futuro / Tales about the Future. All of the awarded films receive a cash prize of $2,000 USD.