When it comes to Latin American cinema, New York is the capital of exhibition. Many films screen in NYC that will never play in their own region. The Cinema Tropical Festival has taken advantage of this New Yorkino-Latino connection and will show the best Latin American films of last year — the winners of the 5th annual Cinema Tropical Awards — at the Museum of the Moving Image in Queens beginning this Friday, February 6 through Sunday, February 8.
Twenty-two movies from six countries (Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Mexico, Uruguay, and the U.S.) were in the running for the award, and only a handful survived. The lucky few were chosen by a special jury including: Daniela Alatorre, producer, Morelia Film Festival; Gustavo Beck, filmmaker and film programmer; Marcela Goglio, film programmer; Lucila Moctezuma, Executive Producing Director UnionDocs; Tamir Muhammad, Director Content and Artists Development for Time Warner; Rachael Rakes, film programmer; José Rodriguez, Manager, Documentary Programming, Tribeca Film Institute; Bernardo Ruiz, filmmaker; and Naief Yehya, film and culture critic, writer.
The victors include: the Uruguayan film The Militant by Manuel Nieto Zas, the Mexican film Coffee (Chants of Smoke) by Hatuey Viveros, the Chilean film The Quispe Girls by Sebastián Sepúlveda, the Argentine film The Face by Gustavo Fontán, and the Best U.S. Latino Film ended in a tie: Las Marthas by Cristina Ibarra, and Purgatorio: A Journey into the Heart of the Border by Rodrigo Reyes.
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