Infancia Clandestina / Clandestine Childhood (pictured) the debut feature film by Argentine filmmaker Benjamín Ávila received the top prize as Best Film at the 38th edition of the Huelva Ibero American Film Festival which was held November 18-24 in Spain.
Based on Avila's own upbringing, Argentina's official Oscar selection for Foreign Film Oscar is an original take on the country's 1976-1983 Dirty War, portraying the warm family life of two resistance fighters, seen by their 12-year-old son.
Two Mexican films were also awarded, Enrique Rivero's Mai Morire received the Special Jury Prize while Fecha de caducidad / Expiration Date by Kenya Márquez was awarded for Best Director.
The acting prizes went to Pablo Pinto for Best Actor for his performance in the Argentinean film De martes a martes / From Tuesday to Tuesday by Gustavo Triviño, and to Alicia Rodríguez for Best Actress for her performance in the Chilean film Joven y alocada / Young and Wild by Marialy Rivas. Triviño also won the prize for Best New Director.
The screenplay award went to Martín Salinas for the Argentine comedy Ni un hombre más which he also directed, and the Best Cinematography prize went to the Brazilian film O Palhaço / The Clown by Selton Mello, which also received the Audience Award.
According to the news website Noticine.com, the festival lost more half of its funding due to the difficult economical context in Spain, which resulted in a decrease in number of selected films and special guests.