Lola, No One Knows About Persian Cats, To The Sea (Alamar), Undertow and Sins Of My Father were the big winners as the 27th Annual Miami International Film Festival came to a close over the weekend.
Brillante Mendoza’s Lola (France/Philippines) claimed the World Competition grand jury prize and $25,000 from the Miami-based John S and James L Knight Foundation, while Bahman Ghobadi’s No One Knows About Persian Cats (Iran) took the audience award.
In the Ibero-American Competition presenting features by first, second and third-time directors from Spain, Portugal and Latin America, Pedro Gonzalez-Rubio’s To The Sea (Alamar) (Mexico) won the grand jury prize and the $25,000 award by the John S and James L Knight Foundation. Javier Fuentes-Leon’s Undertow (Contracorriente) (Peru/Colombia/France/ Germany) triumphed in the audience award.
Julia Solomonoff won the grand jury prize in the Ibero-American Competition’s Jordan Alexander Ressler Screenwriting Award for The Last Summer Of La Boyita (El Ultimo Verano De La Boyita) (Argentina/Spain/France). The prize is named after the 23-year-old Florida screenwriter who died before he could realise his dream. Solomonoff collected a $5,000 cash prize from the Jordan Alexander Ressler Charitable Fund.
The Dox Competition’s grand jury prize and a $25,000 prize from Miami Dade College went to Sins Of My Father (Pecados De Mi Padre) (Argentina/Colombia) by Nicolas Entel. It also won the audience award. Special jury mention went to Cristian Leighton for Kawase-San (Chile).
The FIPRESCI Prize went to Liu Jie’s Judge (Tou Xi) (China), and the EU-sponsored Cineuropa Prize for best European film was awarded to Ordinary People (France/Switzerland/Serbia/Netherlands) by Vladimir Perisic. Special mention went to Medal Of Honor (Medalia De Onoare) by Calin Peter Netzer (Germany/Romania).
For a complete list of winners visit the official website.