Twenty-two Ibero-American countries have begun tearing down the walls separating its filmmakers at the first edition of the Platino Prizes, where Chilean film “Gloria,” directed by Sebastian Lelio, emerged as the big winner.
Panama City’s Anayansi Theater was the venue for the award ceremony on Saturday, an event organized by the Spanish producers belonging to EGEDA and the Ibero-American FIPCA federation with the aim of consolidating the Ibero-American film brand and improving the distribution of the region’s films.
“Gloria” won the Platinos for best film, best script and best actress.
Lelio and actress Paulina Garcia triumphed after “a year of following Aunt Gloria through the world,” in the words of the director, a year that began with a Silver Bear award at the Berlinale film festival in 2013.
The best actor award went to Eugenio Derbez, the star of the Mexican box office phenomenon from last year “No se aceptan devoluciones” and husband of the award presenter, actress Alessandra Rosaldo.
Juan Jose Campanella’s “Metegol/Futbolin” also triumphed, receiving the Platino for best animated film and best original music, the score being composed by Emilio Kauderer.
Although the award-winning streak of “Gloria” began in Berlin, the film by Amat Escalante, “Heli,” began its own run of success at the Cannes Film Festival, where a judging panel headed by Steven Spielberg recognized him for best director, the same category in which the Platino was awarded to the film telling a bitter story of drug trafficking in Mexico.
One of the Platino awards - for best documentary - also went to Spanish critic and director Diego Galan for “Con la pata quebrada.”