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Miami Moviegoers Reveal the Role of Art Houses for Latin American Audiences

In its 35th year, the sprawling Miami International Film Festival celebrated Ibero-American cinema and MoviePass as Latin American audiences flooded the art house scene.

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Anne Thompson

Audience Awards

Best Feature:

Pablo Solarz’s “The Last Suit” (Argentina-Spain)

Best Short:

Randall Christopher’s Argentinian-set true crime documentary “The Driver Is Red” (USA)

IMDbPro Short Film Grand Jury Award:

“Mother (Madre)” directed by Rodrigo Soroygen, recent winner of Spain’s Goya Award for the same film

Rene Rodriguez Critics Award and HBO Ibero-American Feature Film Award

“La Familia” written and directed by Gustavo Rondón Córdova (Venezuela)

Jordan Ressler Screenwriting Award:

Xavier Legrand, “Custody” (France, Kino Lorber)

Zeno Mountain Award:

Brian J. Leitten’s “Carry That Weight: A Rocumentary” (USA)

Knight Competition

Made in MIA Award:

David Abel’s “Gladesmen: The Last of the Sawgrass Cowboys,” produced by Abel and Andy Laub (USA)

Documentary Achievement Award (three-way tie):

Choreographer-turned-director Jamal Sims’ “When the Beat Drops,” produced by World of Wonder Productions  (USA)

“Liyana,” produced by co-directors Aaron Kopp and Amanda Kopp and Daniel Junge, Sakhemi Diamini, Davis Combe (Swaziland)

Rookie director Vanesa Wilkey-Escobar’s “Amigo Skate, Cuba,” produced by Wilkey-Escobar and Christopher Wedding

Best Performance:

Cesar Troncoso, “Another Story of the World” (Uruguay)

Best Director:

Mateo Gil, “The Laws of Thermodynamics” (Netflix, Spain)

Grand Jury Award for Best Film:

Diego Lerman’s “A Sort of Family,” produced by Nicolas Avruj and Diego Lerman (Argentina)

Festival’s Precious Gem Award:

Miami-based 20-year production veterans Francesca Silvestri and Kevin Chinoy (Oscar-nominated “The Florida Project”)

CinemaSlam Award:

“Rene de Dios and the South Beach Shark Club” by Miami Dade College student Robert Requejo Ramos

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