The Uruguayan-Mexican co-production Tanta agua / So Much Water by Ana Guevara and Leticia Jorge was the big winner of Knight Grand Jury Prize at the the 30th Miami International Film Festival, running March 1-10 and presented by the Miami Dade College and the James L. and John S. Knight foundation.
The film will receive $15,000 in cash prize. Additionally, if the film’s sales agent, sells the film to a U.S. distributor within 30 days, that U.S. distributor will also receive $15,000. If not, the additional $15,000 will be added to the cash prize to the producers.
Tanta agua, which also received the Screenwriting Award with a cash prize of $5,000, tells the story of Alberto, who has lost custody of his children in a divorce, but is determined to keep his bonds with them planning a family vacation that is ruined by a never-ending rain.
Other winners at the festival are Argentinean filmmaker Ana Piterbarg who was awarded the Grand Jury Best Director Prize with a cash prize of $5,000, for her debut feature film Todos tenemos un plan / Everybody Has a Plan (pictured right) starring Viggo Mortensen.
The Opera Prima Award was a tie between Solo, by Guillermo Rocamora (Uruguay/Argentina/Netherlands/ France) and La piscina / The Swimming Pool by Carlos Machado Quintela (Cuba/Venezuela), each film received a cash prize of $2,500. The jury also gave an Honorable Mention in this category to Villegas, by Gonzalo Tobal (Argentina/Netherlands/ France).
The Audience Award went to the Paraguayan film 7 cajas / 7 Boxes by Juan Carlos Maneglia. The winners were announced at a ceremony at the Gusman Center for the Performing Arts in Miami, last night.