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Films in Progress awards Los Silencios

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- The film by Brazil’s Beatriz Seigner, co-produced by France, has triumphed in the work-in-progress event organised at Cinélatino – Rencontres de Toulouse

Films in Progress awards Los Silencios
Los Silencios by Beatriz Seigner

Generally intended to single out films that are sure to set tongues wagging on the line-ups of the major forthcoming festivals, the 33rd Films in Progress event organised during the 30th edition of Cinélatino – Rencontres de Toulouse smiled twofold upon Los Silencios [+see also:
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 by Beatriz Seigner, as it took home the top prize as well as the award handed out by the jury of European distributors and exhibitors.

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The story, written by the Brazilian director (who turned heads with her feature debut, Bollywood Dream), recounts how Nuria and Fabio arrive with their mother, Amparo, on a remote island on the border between Brazil, Colombia and Peru. They are fleeing Colombia’s armed conflicts. Fearful of giving away any family secrets, Nuria retreats into silence. At the same time, the family is trying to get compensation for the death of the father, and to get hold of a visa in order to emigrate to Brazil. But as they brush this story under the carpet, they gradually find out other stories about the family’s past… Produced by Brazilian outfit Enquadramento Produções and Miriade Filmes (the filmmaker’s own company), Los Silencios is being co-produced by France’s Cine-Sud Promotion and Colombia’s Día-Fragma Fábrica de Películas.

Films in Progress 33 (which is run by Cinélatino – Rencontres de Toulouse and the San Sebastián Film Festival) also handed a Special Award to a European co-production: Fireflies by Iranian director Bani Khoshnoudi (who is now based in Mexico). The film is being produced by the USA (Zensky Cine) together with Greece (Haos Film), Mexico (Pensée Sauvage) and the Dominican Republic (Aurora Republicana).

The fiction-feature competition at the 2018 Cinélatino Festival awarded its Grand Prix Coup de Cœur (“Love at First Sight Grand Prize”) to Zama [+see also:
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trailer
interview: Lucrecia Martel
film profile
]
 by Argentina’s Lucrecia Martel, while a Special Mention went to Silence of the Wind by Puerto Rico’s Alvaro Aponte-Centeno. The Audience Award, meanwhile, was split between Candelaria [+see also:
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interview: Jhonny Hendrix Hinestroza
film profile
]
 by Colombia’s Jhonny Hendrix Hinestroza and Sergio & Sergei [+see also:
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 by Cuba’s Ernesto Daranas Serrano.

Here is the full list of winners: 

Films in Progress 33

Films in Progress Toulouse Award
Los Silencios [+see also:
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 - Beatriz Seigner (Brazil/Colombia/France)

Ciné+ en Construction Special Award
Fireflies - Bani Khoshnoudi (USA/Greece/Mexico/Dominican Republic)

European Distributors and Exhibitors’ Award 
Los Silencios - Beatriz Seigner

Films in Development 13

BrLab Award
Los Reyes del mundo – Laura Mora (Colombia)

French Kiss Studio Award
La Caza – Suzanne Andrews Correa (Mexico/Argentina/USA)

Cinélatino Fiction Competition

Grand Prix Coup de Cœur
Zama [+see also:
film review
trailer
interview: Lucrecia Martel
film profile
]
 - Lucrecia Martel (Argentina/Brazil/Spain/France/Mexico/USA/Netherlands/Portugal)

Special Mention 
Silence of the Wind - Alvaro Aponte-Centeno (Puerto Rico/Dominican Republic/France)

Audience Award 
Candelaria [+see also:
film review
trailer
interview: Jhonny Hendrix Hinestroza
film profile
]
 - Jhonny Hendrix Hinestroza (Colombia/Germany/Norway/Argentina/Cuba)
Sergio & Sergei [+see also:
trailer
film profile
]
 - Ernesto Daranas Serrano (Spain/Cuba/USA)

FIPRESCI Award
Hunting Season [+see also:
film review
trailer
interview: Natalia Garagiola
film profile
]
 - Natalia Garagiola (Argentina/USA/Germany/France/Qatar)

SFCC Critics’ Award 
Azougue Nazaré – Tiago Melo (Brazil)

Cinélatino Documentary Competition

Rencontres de Toulouse Documentary Award
A morir a los desiertos – Marta Ferrer Carné (Mexico)

Special Mention
Robar a Rodin - Cristóbal Valenzuela Berriós (Chile/France)

Audience Award 
Cocaine Prison [+see also:
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 – Violet Ayala (Bolivia/France)

Cinélatino Short Film Competition

Discovery Award 
Lo que no se dice bajo el sol – Eduardo Esquivel (Mexico)

Special Mention
Damiana – Andrés Ramírez Pulido (Colombia/Brazil)

Audience Award 
Palanque - Sebastián Pinzón Silva (Colombia)

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(Translated from French)

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