God's Slave / Esclavo de dios (pictured), the directorial debut by Venezuelan filmmaker Joel Novoa was the winner of the the Nueva Vision Award for Best Spanish/Latin American Film at the 29th edition of the Santa Barbara Film Festival. Director Novoa and producer José Novoa were on hand to accept the award.
Inspired by true events, the Argentinean-Uruguay-Venezuelan co-production, is an emotional and controversial political thriller following the lives of two extremists, one Islamic and the other Jewish, who cross paths while on opposing sides of the 1994 Buenos Aires AMIA bombings. The film stars Cesar Troncoso (The Pope’s Toilet), Vando Villamil, and Laureano Olivares.
The 29th edition of the Santa Barbara Film Festival took place January 30 - February 9 in California.