The New York International Film Festival announced the winner of its 2012 edition which ran August 13-19. The Venezuelan film The Rumble of the Stones / El rumor de las piedras (pictured) by Alejandro Bellame Palacios won the prizes for Best International Feature and Best Director, each award comes with a cash prize of $5,000 and $1,000 respectively.
The film tells the story of Delia, a single mother who struggles to raise her sons, William and Santiago, in a shantytown of Caracas, but it seems that everyday they slip farther away from her and closer to a life of crime and delinquency.
Under my Mails by Arí Maniel Cruz which tells the story of a Puerto Rican woman who works in a nail salon and who becomes intrigued by the violent sexual practices of her new neighbors, was awarded the prize for Best Domestic Feature. The award also comes with a $5,000 cash prize. The prize for Best Documentary was awarded to Daniel Fridell's El Médico: The Cubatón Story, a Cuba-Swedish production while the prize for Best Short was awarded to the Peruvian-American production Pescadora by Enrique García and Ahna Terpstra
"This year's festival line up was outstanding in its quality and range of diversity," said Calixto Chinchilla, NYILFF Founder and Co-Executive Director. "We hope to continue to bring the highest quality films and stories to the New York community."