The 30th edition of the Miami International Film Festival culminated last night with its annual Awards Night Ceremony at the Olympia Theater at the Gusman Center for the Performing Arts.
Ana Guevara’s and Leticia Jorge’s “So Much Water (Tanta agua),” a Uruguyian film about a father and daughter trying to find a common ground, won two awards: the Knight Ibero-American Grand Jury Prize and the Jordan Alexander Ressler Screenwriting Award.
The cast of the Spanish comedy “A Gun in Each Hand (Una pistol en cada mano) won the Grand Jury Best Performance award. Ana Piterbarg won the Grand Jury Best Director award for “Everybody Has a Plan (Todos tenemos un plan),” a film starring Viggo Mortensen as a man who assumes the identity of his deceased twin in Argentina.
There was a tie in the Lexus-sponsored Ibero-America Opera Prima competition between Uruguay’s “Solo” and Cuba’s “The Swimming Pool (La piscine)” as the each film won a cash prize of $2,500.
The University of Miami Shorts competition was won by Melanie Delloye’s “Anna and Jerome,” which includes a $2,500 cash prized awarded by the school. The inaugural Miami Future Cinema Critics, a group of aspiring film critic who are assigned to blog about films from the festival, awarded their pick as best film in the festival to China’s “Beijing Flickers (You-Zhong).”
The announcement of the Lexus Audience Award, which is voted by the festival’s audience throughout the ten-day festival, was made at Pyrut Rum Awards Night Party. Paraguay’s “7 Boxes (7 Cajas)” won the Lexus Fiction Audience Awards and “Gideon’s Army,” a documentary that follows public defenders in the South that won the Knight Documentary Grand Jury Prize earlier in the evening, also won the Lexus Non-Fiction Audience Award.
Here is the complete list of the winners:
KNIGHT IBERO-AMERICAN COMPETITION:
Knight Grand Jury Prize: “So Much Water (Tanta agua),” produced by CTRL Z FILMS, Uruguay, by Ana Guevara and Leticia Jorge (Uruguay/Mexico/Netherlands), will receive $15,000. If the film's sales agent, Alpha Violet of France sells the film to a US distributor within 30 days, that US distributor will also receive $15,000. If not, the additional $15,000 will be added to CTRL Z FILMS' prize.
Grand Jury Best Performance: The cast of “A Gun in Each Hand (Una pistola en cada mano),” by Cèsc Gay (Spain), will receive $5,000.
Grand Jury Best Director: Ana Piterbarg of “Everybody Has a Plan (Todos tenemos un plan)” (Spain/Argentina /Germany), will receive $5,000.
JORDAN ALEXANDER RESSLER SCREENWRITING AWARD:
Winner: Ana Guevara and Leticia Jorge for "So Much Water (Tanta agua)" by Ana Guevara and Leticia Jorge (Uruguay/Mexico/Netherlands) will receive $5,000.
KNIGHT DOCUMENTARY COMPETITION:
Knight Grand Jury Prize: “Gideon’s Army,” by Dawn Porter (USA) will receive $10,000.
LEXUS IBERO-AMERICAN OPERA PRIMA COMPETITION:
The jury selected two films to tie as winners in this category:
“Solo,” by Guillermo Rocamora (Uruguay/Argentina/Netherlands/France), will receive $2,500.
“The Swimming Pool (La piscina),” by Carlos Machado Quintela (Cuba/Venezuela) will receive $2,500.
Honorable Mention: The jury would also like to give special recognition to “Villegas,” by Gonzalo Tobal (Argentina/Netherlands/France)
UNIVERSITY OF MIAMI SHORTS COMPETITION:
University of Miami Grand Jury Award for Best Short Film: “Anna and Jerome”, by Mélanie Delloye (France) will receive $2,500.
MIAMI FUTURE CINEMA CRITICS AWARD:
Miami Future Cinema Critics Award: “Beijing Flickers (You-Zhong)” by Zhang Yuan, (China)
AUDIENCE AWARD (FICTION)
“7 Boxes (7 Cajas)” by Juan Carlos Maneglia (Paraguay)
AUDIENCE AWARD (NON-FICTION)
“Gideon’s Army” by Dawn Porter (USA)