Argentinean Film P3ND3JO5 Wins Lima Independent International Film Fest

The Argentine film, P3ND3JO5 (pictured) directed by Raúl Perrone was awarded Best Film at the 3rd Lima Independiente International Film Festival. This year's jury included Apichatpong Weerasethakul, winner of the Palm d'Or for the 2010 edition of Cannes Film Festival, filmmaker Sylvain George and renowned Peruvian film critic, Leny Fernández. P3ND3JO5 has been described by its director as musical, with ghosts and skaters, a cumbia-opera in three acts and a coda, for people to see as one continuous feature.

An honorable mention went to the Peruvian film El espacio entre las cosas / The Space Between Things directed by Raúl del Busto in which the main character, a detective in the narcotics division, faces a series of strange events in his life both personally and professionally. As a test, or notebook, the narrator and protagonist merge, and reality and fiction are part of the same universe.

The festival included two competitions, International, which includes feature films, animation, documentary and experimental films from America, Europe and Asia and National, which was made to feature films from Peru. The prize for the Best Peruvian Film went to La mar brava directed by Bryan Rodriguez, which examines the ambiguous lives of residents of a negatively connoted beach in the port city of Callao in Peru. Ana, a woman living in the rocky grounds of the beach’s shore, leads us through this glimpse as she endures personal and distant tragedies. An honorable mention went to Cronología del olvido by Renzo Alva which uses historical archival materials to observe the collective unconscious conflicts and internal wars of terror.

The award for Best First Feature was shared between Michael Wahrmann's Avanti popolo from Brazil, a mix of documentary and fiction following the story of André Gotti, a researcher who recovers Super 8 film captured by his brother in 1970, and the Filipino film Big Boy by Shireen Seno.

The International Lima Independent Film Festival was held from June 13 - 23 in Peru, and included more than 150 films from acclaimed international festivals.