The Argentine film Una especie de familia / A Sort of Family by Diego Lerman was the winner of the top prize, the Grand Jury Award for Best Film in in the Knight competition at the 35th edition of the Miami Film Festival. The winners were announced last night at the closing night ceremony.
Lerman's fifth film follows Malena (played by Spanish actress Barbara Lennie) who travels from Buenos Aires to Argentina’s Misiones Province brimming with hope after learning that a child she plans to adopt is soon to be born. When she arrives, Malena is informed that the biological mother’s is demanding much more money than was agreed upon, prompting Malena to petition her estranged husband for help—inciting a legally and ethically thorny journey in which numerous small compromises are dwarfed by a deep-seated maternal impulse.
Other Latin American winners include Venezuelan film La Soledad, the debut feature by Gustavo Rondón, winner of the HBO Ibero-American Award for Best Film and the Rene Rodriguez Critics Award, and Uruguayan César Troncoso who win the Best Actor Award in the Knight Competition for his performance in Another Story of the World / Otra historia del mundo by Guillermo Casanova.
The 35th edition of the Miami Film Festival took place March 9-18 in Florida.