Colombia, Mexico, and Uruguay shine in a very Latin list of Sundance

Films from Mexico, Colombia and Uruguay shined brightly at the Sundance Festival, which announced the awards of its 2019 edition by means of a prize list with a large presence of Latin cinema.

IMage: Sundance festival website
IMage: Sundance festival website

The most important event in the United States for independent films will close its doors tomorrow after eleven days in Park City (Utah, USA) in which the spectators have been able to meet new talents from the big screen arrived from all over the world.

This contest, founded by Robert Redford, today recognized the Colombian film "Monos", by the director Alejandro Landes, with a special prize of the jury in the category of international cinema.

"It took a lot of amazing people from different countries to do this movie and it was like a star lineup, and I feel like a star lined up today and I could not be happier," said Landes, who won a film about a group of adolescent guerrillas.

"More than anything, (I want to dedicate) this award to the children who act on the film, it is their spirit that is on the screen and they are simply beautiful people, which shows that there is no conflict in the world that is a foreign conflict," he added.

For her part, the Uruguayan filmmaker Lucía Garibaldi won the distinction for the best international direction for her debut feature "Los Tiburones".

"I do not know what to say, are you sure?" a very excited Garibaldi said on stage, .

"I mean, we're from Uruguay, this is the first film from Uruguay that has come to Sundance, I hope it serves as an example that you can get where you want," he added about "The Sharks," a melodrama about the life of a teenager.

"Midnight Family", a film co-produced between Mexico and the United States and directed by Luke Lorentzen, won a special award for his photography in the section of American documentaries.

"This week has been a whirlwind of emotions," said Lorentzen, who especially dedicated his award to American producer Kellen Quinn and Mexican stars Daniela Alatorre and Elena Fortes.

"Oh, my God, this is incredible, thank you," added Lorentzen, who in "Midnight Family" portrayed the day to day life of a family that has a private ambulance in Mexico City.

In addition, the American film "The Infiltrators", by the Latin artists Álex Rivera and Cristina Ibarra, won the prizes of the public and of innovation in the Next category.

"To paraphrase one of our protagonists, the biggest walls that we have to break are not outside but inside," said Ibarra, co-director of a film about immigration and activism on the US-Mexico border.

Two non-Latin films for their production but with Hispanic content in Sunarrativa also received the applause of the viewers in Sundance.

The prize of the public for the best American documentary was for "KnockDown the House", which tells the story of the American congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez.

And the public recognition of the best international documentary was won by the Austrian film "Sea of Shadows", which explores the violence and conflicts in the waters of the Sea of Cortés (Mexico).

On the sidelines of the Spanish delegation at the festival, Sundance presented today to "Clemency", by director Chinonye Chukwu, the grand prize of the jury for the best American drama, while the British "The Souvenir" by Joanna Hogg, was made with the grand prize of the jury, the best international film.