The Argentinean film, Abrir puertas y ventanas / Back to Stay (pictured) by Milagros Mumenthaler has been awarded the CineVision prize for Best Newcomer Film at this year’s Munich Film Festival.
Premiering in competition at the Locarno Film Festival last year and winning the Golden Leopard for Best film, Mumenthaler's debut feature portrays three young sisters adjusting to the absence of their recently deceased grandmother. The story captures the complications of sibling dynamics as the three girls cope with the pangs of mourning, the transition of female adolescence to adulthood, all while attempting to, unsuccessfully, reach out to one another.
Courtesy of the German production/distribution company Senator Film, the CineVision award is comprised of 12,000 Euros (about $15,000 USD) and is given to the best first or second film by a director screening at the Munich film Festival. The award will be presented to Caroline Daube of the Match Factory, who is handling sales for the film worldwide, at a ceremony in Munich by Tania Reichert-Facilides, the production executive for Senator.