The Argentinean directors Emiliano Torres and Rodrigo Grande were among the winners at the 43rd edition of the Seattle International Film Festival. Torres' The Winter / El invierno was the winner of the Best Ibero-American Award, while Grande's At the End of the Tunnel / Al final del túnel was the winner for the Audience Awards for Best Film and Best Director, and its Argentine protagonist Leonardo Sbaraglia was voted first runner up for Best Actor.
In The Winter, an aging, resentful ranch foreman discovers that he is being replaced by a younger man, leading to a violent confrontation amid an unforgiving winter, in this visceral thriller whose award-winning cinematography strikingly captures the windswept wilds of Patagonia.
In At the End of the Tunnel, a Spanish-Argentine co-production, wheelchair user and computer geek Joaquin is thrust into a dangerous game of survival, double-cross, and redemption when he discovers his new neighbors, including a single mother whom he has feelings for, are planning a bank heist by tunneling below his home.
The Ibero-American jury composed by Iván Trujillo, director of the Guadalajara Film Festival, journalist and Cinema Tropical's Carlos Gutiérrez also gave a Special Mention to the Mexican documentary film Devil's Freedom / La libertad del diablo by Everardo González. The 43rd edition of the Seattle International Film Festival took place May 18-June 11.