Lerman's REFUGIADO Wins Argentina's Silver Condors

Diego Lerman’s Refugiado (pictured) beat out Wild Tales / Relatos salvajes last night, taking home the top prize at the 63rd Silver Condor Awards in Buenos Aires, Argentina. This is writer-director Lerman’s fourth feature-length film and while this is not Lerman’s first time to the Silver Condors, this marks his first big win. His previous films, Suddenly (2002), Mientras tanto (2006) and The Invisible Eye (2010), all took home acting prizes in previous Silver Condor Awards. Lerman also won Best Original Screenplay and lead actress, Julieta Díaz, took home the prize for Best Actress.

The realist drama follows a mother and her young son as they flee an abusive husband and father.

Although Wild Tales (pictured right) didn’t take home the top prize, the Damián Szifron feature and Almodóvar brothers production still won in seven of the eleven categories it was nominated in, making it the film with most wins total. Some of the awards included, Best Director, Best Original Music and Best Supporting Actor and Best Supporting Actress for Oscar Martínez and Érica Rivas respectively.

Wild Tales
is a black comedy split into six shorts in which the character walk a thin line between civilization and brutality. Each short telling a story of revenge and losing control.

Other notable winners were the Paraguayan film 7 cajas / 7 Boxes for Best Ibero-American Film, Jauja for Best Cinematography, Betibú for Best Adapted-Screenplay, Agustín Toscano and Ezequiel Raduzky’s Los dueños / The Owners for Best First Film, and Martín Turnes’ Pichuco for Best Documentary.

The Silver Condor Awards are given annually by the Argentine Film Critics Association. This year’s ceremony took place in Buenos Aires on June 22, 2015.