MAGALLANES Tops the Havana Film Fest New York

Peruvian film Magallanes by Salvador del Solar was the winner of the award the Best Film at the 17th edition of the Havana Film Festival, New York, it was announced last night at the closing night ceremony at the Directors Guild Theatre in Midtown Manhattan.

The film follows an aged Peruvian taxi driver, who was formerly an aide to a feared military officer in the bloodiest days of government repression during the Shining Path insurgency. He unexpectedly re-encounters a young indigenous woman who was brutally victimized by his superior. But can this aging cabbie suddenly transform himself into an extortionist, or is he still in love with the women after all these years.

Ana Katz’s Mi Amiga del Parque from Argentina received a Special Jury Mention in the fiction category, while Santiago Mitre’s Paulina/ La Patota, also from Argentina received the awards for Best Director and Best Actress (for Dolores Fonzi).

The Guatemalan film La prenda / The Pawn by Jean Cosme Delaloye received the award for Best Documentary, while Paciente / Paciente by Jorge Caballero from Colombia received a Special Jury Mention.

The 17th edition of the Havana Film Festival, New York took place April 7-15.