Cuban Film JUAN OF THE DEAD Wins Spain's Goya Award


Cuban zombie film Juan of the Dead / Juan de los muertos by Alejandro Brugués was the winner of the prize for Best Ibero-American film in the 27th edition of the Goya Awards, Spain's national film prizes. The Cuban film was competing against the Argentinean film Clandestine Childhood / Infancia clandestina by Benjamín Ávila, the Mexican film After Lucía / Después de Lucía by Michel Franco, and the Paraguayan film 7 Boxes / 7 cajas by Juan Carlos Maneglia and Tana Schémbori.

Billed as Cuba's first zombie movie, the film tells the story of Juan, who along a group of slackers, face an army of zombies. The Cuban government and media claim the living dead are dissidents revolting against the government.

It is the third time that a Cuban film wins in this category after the films La bella del Alhambra / The Beauty of the Alhambra by Enrique Pineda Barnet in 1989; Strawberry and Chocolate / Fresa y chocolate by Tomás Gutiérrez Alea and Juan Carlos Tabío in 1994 and Life is to Whistle / La vida es silbar in 1999.