Lima Film Festival: OSCURO ANIMAL and LA TEMPESTAD Take Top Honors

Oscuro Animal

Oscuro Animal

The Colombian production Oscuro Animal by Felipe Guerrero was the winner of the top prize for Best Film at the 20th edition of the Lima Film Festival, which wrapped yesterday in Peru. Guerrero's nearly dialogue-free film about three women forced to flee their homes in a war torn region in Colombia, was also the winner of the Critics Award. The Mexican documentary feature Tempestad by Tatiana Huezo was the winner of the Best Documentary Award.

The official selection jury comprised of Ciro Guerra, Karim Aïnouz, Daniela Michel, Ezequiel Acuña and Alonso Cueto gave a Special Jury Prize to the Cannes competitor Aquarius by Brazilian Kleber Mendoça Filho, and her protagonist Sonia Braga was awarded for Best Actress. Venezuela's Lorenzo Vigas was awarded for Best Director for his debut feature Desde allá / From Afar.

The award for Best Actor was presented to Lucho Cáceres from Peru for his performance in La última tarde. Guillermo Calderón from Chile was the winner for the Best Screenplay Award for Neruda, directed by Pablo Larraín, while Mexican cinematographer Diego García was the winner for Best Cinematography for his work in the Brazilian film Boi Neon / Neon Bull by Gabriel Mascaro.

The Ecuadorian film Alba by Ana Cristina Barragán was the winner of the Best First Film Award, and the Argentinean film La larga noche de Francisco Sanctis / The Long Night of Francisco Sanctis by Francisco Márquez y Andrea Testa received a Special Jury Mention. 

The 20th edition of the Lima Film Festival took place August 5-13.