Benjamín Ávila's debut feature film Infancia clandestina / Clandestine Childhood (pictured) topped the 7th edition of the Sur Awards that are given by the Argentinean Academy of Film Arts and Sciences, winning in 10 out of the 16 categories for which was nominated including Best Film, Best Director, Best Actor (Ernesto Alterio), Best Actress (Natalia Otero), Best Original Script and Best Editing. The awards were handed at a ceremony that took place in Buenos Aires last night (Tuesday).
Based on real events in his life and set in Argentina in 1979, Ávila's film follows Juan, a 12-year-old boy who lives with his family under fake identities. Juan's parents and his uncle are members of the Montoneros Organization, who fight against the dictatorship that rules the country. Infancia clandestina, which is Argentina's official selection both to the Academy Awards and the Goya Awards, will be released by Film Movement in the United States in January 2013.
Armando Bo's debut feature film El último Elvis / The Last Elvis followed in number of prizes, winning six awards including for Best Cinematography and Best Music. Pablo Giorgelli's Las Acacias received the prize for Best First Film, while the prize for Best Adapted Screenplay was awarded to Paula Hernández y Leonel D’agostino for Un amor. Fernando 'Pino' Solanas' received the prize for Best Documentary.