Argentina's ALANIS by Anahí Berneri Wins Top Award at the Havana Film Festival


The Argentine film Alanis by Anahí Berneri was the winner of the top award for Best Film at the 39th edition of the Havana Film Festival, it was announced last evening at the closing night ceremony. Alanis was also the winner of the award for Best Actress for her protagonist Sofía Gala, which was presented jointly to Chilean Daniela Vega performer for her work in A Fantastic Woman by Sebastián Lelio.

Argentine filmmaker Lucrecia Martel received the award for Best Director for her most recent film Zama, which also won the awards for Best Sound and Best Art Direction. Jean Jean, protagonist of the Dominican film Woodpeckers / Carpinteros was the winner of the Best Actor award.

In the documentary competition, Brazilian film Baronesa by Juliana Antunes was the winner of the Best Documentary award, and Chilean film Adriana's Pact / El pacto de Adriana received the Special Jury Award.

Other winners include the Best First Film award to the Argentine film La novia del desierto / The Desert Bride by Valeria Pivato and María Cecilia Atán, and the Colombian film Killing Jesus / Matar a Jesús by Laura Mora, while the Costa Rican film Medea by Alexandra Latishev received a Special Mentio.