CATEGORIES Comedy, Documentary, Foreign Language, Independent, Awards, Other Festivals, Cinematical Indie, Awards, CinematicalMore international festival news as Spain's Festival de Cine Iberoamericano de Huelva and Toronto's Reel Asian International Film Festival have both wrapped up and announced their awards.
At the 33rd Huelva Ibero-American Film Fest (as it's called in English), where movies from Spain, Portugal, and Latin America are spotlighted, the big winner was Silent Light. Directed by Carlos Reygadas (who was also awarded), the Mexican religious drama about adultery in a Mennonite community has already earned prizes at fests in Cannes, Rio, Stockholm, and Chicago. It is Mexico's entry for the Oscars' foreign-language category.
The screenplay prize went to Enrique Fernandez and Cesar Charlone for The Pope's Toilet (gotta love the title -- it's Uruguay's Oscar submission, too); best actor was Leonardo Medeiros for the Brazilian Not By Chance; and best actress was Sofia Gala in Argentina's El resultando del amor. That film also won the audience award for best film.
Back in North America, Toronto's Reel Asian International Film Festival concluded its 11th edition last weekend, with Zhang Yang's black comedy Getting Home taking the audience award. Best documentary was Koryo Saram: The Unreliable People, about ethnic Koreans in the Soviet Union who were forcibly removed by Stalin in the 1930s. The animation award -- or Animasion Award, as the fest cleverly calls it -- went to Yellow Sticky Notes, by Jeff Chiba Stearns.
[Reel Asian news via IndieWIRE.]