The 21st Havana Film Festival NY announced the winners of the Havana Star Prize at its closing ceremony at the Village East cinema in Manhattan.
El Olvido Que Seremos by Fernando Trueba (Colombia) won the Havana Star Prize for best feature film. The best screenplay went to Ana Katz and Gonzalo Delgado for El Perro Que No Calla / The dog that wouldn’t be silent (Argentina); The best director went to Ãngeles Cruz (Nudo Mixteco, Mexico), the best actor to Eduardo Cabrera for 1991 (Guatemala) and the best actress to Gabriela Ramos for Â¿Eres TÃº, PapÃ¡? (UK). The best documentary went to Cuban Dancer by Roberto Salinas (Chile). Special mentions from the jury were awarded to the feature film Las Mejores Familias by Javier Fuentes-LeÃ³n (Peru, Colombia) and A Media Voz / In A Whisper by Heidi Hassan and Patricia PÃ©rez FernÃ¡ndez (Spain, France, Switzerland, Cuba). The jury in the documentary category included Spanish producer Marina Fernandez Ferri, political science professor Joe Rollins and Cuban filmmaker and film critic Carlos Barba, and in the Fiction category, Cuban producer Ivonne Cotorruelo, Colombian animator / director Miguel Rueda and the New York-based artist. and filmmaker Willard Morgan.
âFor a production of enormous dimensions rendered with the tropes of truly epic cinematic storytelling, we, the jury, agree to award the Havana Star Award for Best Picture to Fernando Trueba’s El Olvido Que Seremos,â the jury said during the award ceremony to Trueba. .
For Cuban Dancer, the jury said: âFor creating a refined and radiant story that is, indeed, moving. The film shows us the beauty and power of moving bodies, making art, through a movement that transcends both time and space. The prize for the best documentary goes to Roberto Salinas for Cuban Dancer. “
A full house attended the awards ceremony, followed by the New York premiere of Maixabel by director Iciar BollaÃn (Spain), the Irizar award for best Basque film and the SIGNIS award at the San SebastiÃ¡n International Film Festival.
Detailed information on the winners is available at www.hffny.com.
The Havana Film Festival New York is made possible by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Kathy Hochul and the New York State Legislature and supported, in part, by public funds from the Department of Business cultural events in New York City in partnership with City Hall. Additional support provided by: New York University King Juan Carlos I of Spain Center, Ideal Glass Studios, Ron BarcelÃ³, Restaurant Buenos Aires, Baby Brasa, Amigos by Nai, Latin Culture New York, The National Arts Club, Consulate General of Peru in New York York, Consulate General of Guatemala in New York, Consulate General of Spain in New York, Consulate General of Argentina in New York, Consulate of Colombia in New York, Publimax, Copacabana Bar & Grill, Ãcaro Film Festival NY, Casa Comal, Dariobol, GioQuinche Graphics.
The Havana Film Festival New York is a project of the American Friends of the Ludwig Foundation of Cuba (AFLFC), a 501 (c) (3) nonprofit that builds cultural bridges between the United States and Cuba across programs in the arts since the year 2000.