Mexican Actress Receives Top Prize at the Shangai Film Fest

Úrsula Pruneda received the prize for Best Actress for her starring role in the Mexican film El sueño de Lu / Lu's Dream (pictured) by Hari Sama at the Shangai International Film Festival, which, in its 15th edition, ran June 16-24.

The jury headed by French director Jean-Jacques Annaud and comprised by Iranian director Rakhshan Banietemad, Chinese-American producer Terence Chang, American actress Heather Graham, Chinese actress Lee Bingbing, Hungarian director György Pálfi, and Chinese director Zhang Yang decided to give the award to Pruneda "for her outstanding performance. She was honest. She was brilliant as she was herself."

El sueño de Lu tells the story of a young Mexican mother who has lost her only child and tries to reengage back in her life. American critic Howard Feinstein praised Pruneda's performance as one of the best ones of 2011 for Filmmaker magazine. Other film credits for Pruneda includes María Novaro's Las buenas hierbas and Diego Luna's Abel