Photo: "Tanta Agua" Wins Miami Film Fest's Grand Jury Prize
The film “Tanta agua” (So Much Water) by Uruguayans Ana Guevara and Leticia Jorge won big at the Miami International Film Festival, or MIFF, which this year is celebrating its 30th anniversary and has become one of the most prestigious events in the United States for Ibero-American filmmaking.
“Tanta agua,” a low-budget co-production by Uruguay, Mexico and the Netherlands and which already had made a big splash in San Sebastian and at the Berlinale film festival, won the MIFF’s Knight Grand Jury Prize, which comes with $15,000 cash.
In addition, and separately from the prize itself, a similar amount of money will be presented to the U.S. distributor who buys it next month. If it does not sell within 30 days, however, that additional amount will go to the film’s production company, CTRL Z FILMS.
The same film, which - using the circumstance of a torrential rain during a family vacation - dives into the complex world of puberty, also won the Jordan Alexander Ressler Screenwriting Award, which comes with a cash prize of $5,000.
The Knight Prize for Best Documentary, with its $10,000 stipend, went to the U.S. film “Gideon’s Army,” directed by Dawn Porter.
The prize for Best Performance, along with $5,000, went to the cast of “Una pistola en cada mano” (A Gun in Each Hand), by Spain’s Cesc Gay, and the award for Best Director, with an equal stipend, went to Ana Piterbarg for “Todos tenemos un plan” (Everybody Has a Plan), a co-production among Spain, Argentina and Germany.
This edition of MIFF, sponsored by Miami Dade College, or MDC, screened 138 films from 41 countries.