It came and went quickly, leaving some good films in its dust. All in all, the festival didn't offer lots of "WOW"s but there were a few gems. Competition is now fierce with AFI and the Los Angeles Film Festival.
The following are winners of the 10th Annual Los Angeles Latino International Film Festival, presented at the Egyptian Theatre in Hollywood:
Best Film - Rita Award
Winner: Un Mundo Maravilloso Director: Luis Estrada Country: Mexico
Winner: Iluminados por el Fuego Director: Tristan Bauer Country: Argentina
Winner: Barrio Cuba Director: Humberto Solás Country: Cuba
Special Mention- Best Actor
Damian Alcazar, Un Mundo Maravilloso Director: Luis Estrada Country: Mexico
Your Name is Justine Director: Franco de Peña Country: Poland
Winner: 7 Vírgenes Director: Alberto Rodriguez Country: Spain
Winner: En el Hoyo Director: Juan Carlos Rulfo Country: Mexico
Special Jury Award
De Nadie Director: Tin Dirdamal Country: Mexico
Special Jury Award
Habana: Arte Nuevo De Hacer Ruinas / Havana: The New Art Of Making Ruins
From Mambo to Hip Hop: A South Bronx Tale
Director: Henry Chalfant
Winner: Elsa y Fred Director: Marcos Carnevale Country: Argentina
Thursday, October 19, 2006
Friday night's Brazilian feature, A Maquina, was as inventive as the main character. Tired of life in a crappy village (a recurring theme in this year's fest, see Flores de Otro Mundo post), the village beauty convinces the local mechanic to bring the world to her, Fox News style. Media madness ensues when he promises to go forward in time and see the future. Creative, colorful and fun, A Maquina was a great surprise.
Tuesday evening's Flores de Otro Mundo from Spain was a sobering yet tender look at immigration in Spain. When a village devoid of women throws a party to invite some possible future female companions, a Dominican, a Cuban and a woman from Bilbao find romance among the ruins. A hard look at the true repercussions of marriage, immigration and love.