Two Latin American films were awarded two of the top prizes at the 60th edition of the San Sebastian Film Festival which came to a close today in Spain. The debut feature film Carne de perro / Dog Flesh (pictured) by Chilean director Fernando Guzzoni was awarded the Kutza Prize for Best Film in the New Directors competition, while the Argentine film El último Elvis / The Last Elvis (pictured left) by Armando Bo was the winner of the Grand Prize at the Horizontes Latinos (Latino Horizons) section.
Guzzoni's film is a present day story of Alejandro, a 55 year old solitary, fragile and unpredictable man crushed by the hostility of his past. He is a man with a distorted view of reality who begins to disintegrate dangerously. A former torturer who tries to reinvent his life and give new meaning to it.
Bo's debut feature film which had its world premiere at the Sundance Film Festival tells the story of singer Carlos Gutiérrez, an Elvis impersonator who will have to chose between his dream of becoming the King of Rock and Roll and his family.
Additionally, the Peruvian film El limpiador by Adrián Saba received a special mention in the Kutza-New Directors section, while the Brazilian film Era uma vez eu, Verônica / Once Upon a Time Was I, Veronica by Marcelo Gomes, and the Mexican film Después de Lucía / After Lucía by Michel Franco received a Special Mention in the Horizontes Latinos competition.
Other Latin American winners at San Sebastian include the Paraguayan film 7 Cajas by Juan Carlos Maneglia and Tana Schémbori which received the Euskatel Youth Award; the Argentina film Días de pesca by Carlos Sorín which got the Signis Award; and the Chilean film Joven y alocada / Young & Wild by Marialy Rivas, winner of the Sebastiane Award.