Colombian Film GENTE DE BIEN Tops Lima Film Fest

Franco Lolli's debut feature film Gente de Bien from Colombia was the top winner at the 18th edition of the Lima Film Festival receiving the award for Best Film.

The film tells the story of Eric, a 10 year-old kid who finds himself almost overnight living with Gabriel, his father, who he barely knows. The man has trouble keeping their heads above water and building a relationship with his son. María Isabel, the woman Gabriel works for as a carpenter, decides to take the child under her wing.

Lisandro Alonso's Jauja from Argentina was awarded a Special Jury Mention, while Uruguayan filmmaker Manuel Nieto Zas was awarded the prize for Best Director for The Militant / El lugar del hijo. The Mexican film Güeros by Alonso Ruizpalacios was presented with the prize for Best First Film.  Other winners include Colombian film Tierra en la lengua / Dust in the Tongue for Best Screenplay, and actors Leandra Leal and Milhem Cortaz from the Brazilian film A Wolf at the Door / O lobo atrás da porta for Best Actress and Best Actor respectively.

In the documentary section, the Best Film was awarded to Mexican film Echo of a Mountain / Ecos de la montaña by Nicolás Echeverría, while Argentinean film El color que cayó del cielo by Sergio Wolf was awarded a Special Jury Mention.

The 18th edition of the Lima Film Festival took place August 6-16 in Peru.