PALM SPRINGS INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL ANNOUNCES FILMS IN COMPETITION FOR CINE LATINO AWARD

The 26th annual Palm Springs International Film Festival (PSIFF) announces 27 films eligible for the Cine Latino Award, which will be presented to the best Ibero-American film screening at the Festival. Sponsored by the Guadalajara International Film Festival (FICG) and the University of Guadalajara Foundation/USA, the winner will receive a $10,000 cash prize. PSIFF is scheduled to run January 2-12, 2015.

“What does it mean to be Latino or Ibero-American? We often engage in the most intensely absurd discussions trying to find a definition that satisfies us all. I believe, however, that the best answer can be found in the movies: where the ordinary becomes extraordinary and unique stories become universal fables. The increasing power of visual language and an innovative spirit –this is what our film industries have in common! And once again, 2014 has proven to be one of the most exemplary years for Ibero-American cinema. The Palm Springs International Film Festival recognizes the talent and creativity of its makers both in front of and behind the camera with the Cine Latino Award. This year we celebrate the vitality of the region with a record 27 films. We are truly grateful to the vision and commitment of two of the leading cultural, social and educational organizations in Mexico and the United States — the Guadalajara International Film Festival and the University of Guadalajara Foundation in USA — for sponsoring this award and helping to strengthen the cultural and artistic bridges so fundamental to all of us,” said Hebe Tabachnik, Ibero-American Programmer for PSIFF.

“For the third consecutive year, top caliber Latino films will compete in the Ibero American competition at the Palm Springs Film Festival from January 2 to the 12, 2015,” said Iván Trujillo, Festival Director for the Guadalajara International Film Festival. “Their stories, genres and production values have garnered these films both critical and audience recognition at the most important festivals all over the globe. This will be indeed a very competitive year for an award that is acquiring more and more prestige worldwide.”

“We have reached an important milestone. When the Foundation of the University of Guadalajara in USA made an agreement to sponsor an award at the Palm Springs International Film Festival, we made a commitment to increase the cash prize within three years up to $10,000 to recognize the ‘Best Ibero American Film’ in the festival. Our Foundation is extremely proud to have fulfilled this arrangement with the Festival. Achieving this goal is only part of a whole project for the future,” said Raúl Padilla, President for the University of Guadalajara Foundation in USA.

Jury members include Josep Parera (Entertainment Editor – La Opinión) Nacho Carballo (Festival Director, Gijón International Film Festival, Spain) and Tom Davia (Founder & Managing Partner of Cinemaven Media).
They will review 27 films to select the Cine Latino Award winner. This year’s eligible films are:

10,000 KM (Spain), Director: Carlos Marques-Marcet
August Winds (Brazil), Director: Gabriel Mascaro
Behavior (Cuba), Director: Ernesto Daranas Serrano
Ciudad Delirio (Colombia, Spain), Director: Chus Gutiérrez
Flowers (Spain), Directors: Jon Garaño, José Mari Goenaga
Futuro Beach (Brazil), Director: Karim Ainouz
Gente de Bien (Colombia, France), Director: Franco Lolli
Güeros (Mexico), Director: Alonso Ruiz Palacios
Hawaii (Argentina), Director: Marco Berger
The Hours With You (Mexico), Director: Catalina Aguilar Mastretta
La Tirisia (Mexico), Director: Jorge Pérez Solano
Lake Los Angeles (USA), Director: Mike Ott
Liberator (Venezuela, Spain), Director: Alberto Arvelo
Magical Girl (Spain), Director: Carlos Vermut
Mateo (Colombia, France), Director: María Gamboa
A moonless Night (Uruguay, Argentina), Director: Germán Tejeira
Mother of the Lamb (Chile), Directors: Rosario Espinosa Godoy, Enrique Farías
Mr. Kaplan (Uruguay), Director: Álvaro Brechner
Natural Sciences (Argentina), Director: Matías Lucchesi
NN (Peru, Colombia, France, Germany), Director: Héctor Galvez
Not All Is Vigil (Spain, Colombia), Director: Hermes Paralluelo
One for the Road (Mexico), Director: Jack Zagha Kababie
The Perfect Dictatorship (Mexico), Director: Luis Estrada
Sand Dollars (Dominican Republic, Mexico, Argentina), Directors: Israel Cárdenas, Laura Amelia Guzmán
To Kill a Man (Chile), Director: Alejandro Fernández Almendras
The Way He Looks (Brazil), Director: Daniel Ribeiro
Wild Tales (Argentina, Spain), Director: Damián Szifrón

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