Latin American cinema was the big winner at the 30th edition of the Mar del Plata Film Festival as many films from the region took the top honors. The Colombian film El abrazo de la serpiente / Embrace of the Serpent (pictured left) by Ciro Guerra was the presented the Golden Astor for Best Film in the international competition.

The Silver Astor for Best Screenplay was awarded to the Chilean film El club / The Club by Pablo Larraín. The ensemble cast of the film composed by Alfredo Castro, Roberto Farías, Jaime Vadell y Alejandro Goic was presented the Silver Astor for Best Actor, while Erica Rivas received the Silver Astor for Best Actress for her role in Ariel Rotter’s La luz incidente / Incidental Light from Argentina.

In the Latin American competition, the Mexican-Dominican co-production Santa Teresa y otras historias / Santa Teresa and Other Stories by Nelson Carlo de los Santos Arias was awarded Best Film. The Argentinean-Paraguayan co-production Princesas / Princess by Natural Arpajou was awarded for Best Short Film.

Benjamín Naishtat’s El movimiento / The Movement (pictured right) was the winner of the Best Argentinean Film of the Festival, while Fernando Salem was awarded for Best Director for his feature film Como funcionan casi todas las cosas / How Most Things Work.

The 30th edition of the Mar del Plata Film Festival took place October 30 - November 7, in Argentina.