Films from Paraguay, Argentina, and Colombia, Awarded at Rotterdam

The Rotterdam Film Festival announced this evening the winners of its 45th edition, which included three productions from South America.

A Special Jury Award in the Tiger Award competition with a cash prize of €10,000 was presented to The Last Land / La última tierra, the debut feature by Paraguayan director Pablo Lamar (pictured left), for it exceptional artistic achievement in sound design.

In precise, unhurried compositions of image and sound, Lamar’s film portrays a man and his dying wife, living in a remote hut in the hills of Paraguay. All the stages of mourning are passed through in a single day in this wordless account of an emotional earthquake.

The winner of the new Bright Future Award with a cash prize of €10,000 was the Argentinean film The Pretty Ones / Las lindas (pictured right) by Melisa Liebenthal. Melisa, filmmaker and character in the film is young, intelligent and funny, but also critical and ironic. She interviews her friends, reconstructs herself as a person using family photos and videos, and reflects on the images and expectations society has of young women.

Additionally the Colombian film Embrace of the Serpent/ El abrazo de la serpiente by Ciro Guerra was the winner of the Hubert Bals Fund Dioraphte Award 2016, also with a cash prize of €10,000, and presented to the Hubert Bals Fund-supported film receiving the highest votes from the festival audience.

The 45th edition of the Rotterdam Film Festival took place January 27 - February 7 in the Netherlands.