Puerto Rican Short to Compete in Cannes for First Time


The Puerto Rican short Mi Santa Mirada by Álvaro Aponte-Centeno has been selected for Cannes' official competition, making it the first time a production from the Caribbean island will compete for the Short Film Palme d'or. The festival, which in its 65th edition will take place May 16-27, announced the lineup for its short competition this morning which includes ten films from all over the world, being the Puerto Rican short film, the only Latin American film in the selection from 4,500 submissions.

Mi Santa Mirada tells the story of Samy, a quiet and solitary man who lives from the drug business. The most important things in his life are his younger brother, who he is responsible for, and his horse. Tired of being a drug trafficking subordinate, he decides to betray his boss Papo.

The Cannes Film Festival also announced the lineup for the Cinéfondation Selection which includes two Latin American films: Los Anfitriones / The Hosts by Miguel Angel Moulet, from the Escuela Internacional de Cine y TV de San Antonio de los Baños in Cuba, and Pude ver un puma / Could See a Puma by Eduardo Williams from the Universidad del Cine in Argentina. THe Cannes Film Festival will announce the complete lineup for its official competition this week.