Two household dramas, the function movie Freda and brief movie You Can At all times Come House, have earned the highest prizes on the thirty ninth version of Miami Dade School’s Miami Movie Competition. Offered in a hybrid format with in-theater and digital displays, the 2022 Competition ran from March 4 by way of tomorrow.
Making its US premiere at this yr’s Competition, Freda, directed by Géssica Généus, earned the highest award for her first function. Set in Haiti, the $25,000 Knight MARIMBAS Award, supported by the John S. and James L. Knight Basis, is a world competitors for brand new narrative function movies that finest exemplify richness and resonance for cinema’s future.
The successful movie was chosen by jury members Damon D’Oliveria, April Dobbins, and Rubén Peralta Rigaud. The jury stated, “This movie resonated with all of us for its sturdy, female-centered narrative, and its distinctive performances from rising actors. We couldn’t cease eager about this world and these characters, and we appreciated being immersed in a spot that we don’t usually see onscreen – portrayed in such a practical, however tender manner.”
The jury additionally gave particular recognition to actor Haztin Navarrete from The Field and actress Mari Oliveira from Medusa saying, “for 2 magnetic performances that we couldn’t take our eyes off.”
The $55,000 Knight Made in MIA Movie Award, supported by the Knight Basis, is given to a few movies which have a considerable portion of their content material in South Florida and that finest make the most of their story and theme for common resonance. They have been evaluated by jury members Mollye Asher, Nicholas Griffin, Johann Zietsman,, and Keisha Rae Witherspoon, who gained the Knight Made in MIA Award for her 2020 brief drama, T.
“You Can At all times Come House,” directed by Juan Luis Matos, gained the $30,000 first prize. The jury stated, “This can be a movie that radiates with the joyous spirit of Miami in its embrace of household, neighborhood and place whereas additionally embodying the common that means of house.”
Second prize ($15,000) went to “In Magnificence It Is Unfinished,” directed by Greko Sklavounos. The jury stated, “This poetic providing is a beautiful fever dream that captures longing, fragments of reminiscence and a poetic stare upon a Miami that’s each acquainted but additionally made a brand new. Made private.”
Third prize ($10,000) went to “Un Pequeño Corte,” directed by Marianna Serrano, which the jury saod, “This can be a charming and highly effective story that serves as a portrait of an impartial spirit in a world demanding conformity.”
The household drama You Resemble Me, directed by Dina Amer, garnered the $10,000 Jordan Ressler First Function Award. This honor, sponsored by the South Florida household of the late Jordan Ressler, is offered to the very best movie made by a filmmaker making a function narrative movie debut.
The choice committee, comprised of Estrella Araiza, Jonathan Cuartas and 2019 Jordan Ressler Award winner Alexandre Moratto, stated in a press release, “We selected the movie for its daring depiction of fragmented identification and social inequality by way of its masterful weaving of kinds. Half intimate character research, half topical drama and half documentary, this fearless filmmaker, a former journalist who reported on the true life occasions that impressed the movie, take a private method that’s directly earnest and troubling, transferring and provocative. The Jordan Ressler First Function Award goes to Dina Amer for You Resemble Me.”
The drama Carajita, coproduced by Wood Boat Productions (Dominican Republic) and Pucará Cine (Argentina), took house the $10,000 HBO Ibero-American Function Movie Award, sponsored by WarnerMedia. The movie, about class and racial points in Latin America and the Caribbean, was chosen by jury members Carlos Aguilar, Leslie Cohen and Brandon Harris. The annual prize is given to the very best nominated U.S. Hispanic or Ibero-American narrative function movie, and is awarded to the lead producer or manufacturing firm.
Set throughout the period of China’s Cultural Revolution, the struggle drama One Second gained the Rene Rodriguez Critics Award, chosen by accredited movie critics masking the Competition. The movie, screened as a Particular Presentation, is directed by Chinese language filmmaker Zhang Yimou, a three-time Oscar nominee for Finest International Language Movie.
Felipe Perez Santiago, composer of Amalgama, earned the Alacran Music in Movie Award, sponsored by Alacran Studios. The award highlights the facility of music and movie and celebrates the position of the movie composer. Artwork of Gentle (Composer) Award honoree Cristobal Tapia de Veer chosen the winner.
The brief movie class is toplined by the $10,000 WarnerMedia OneFifty Latino Quick Movie Award, judged by HBO and Miami Movie Competition programmers, which bestows $5,000 upon the winner and $1,250 every to 4 runners-up. The highest prize went to the dramatic brief “Hector’s Lady (La mujer de Héctor)” from NYC-based Puerto Rican filmmaker Ricardo Varona, with different prizes given to “Chilly & Milly,” “It’s Not Her (No Es Ella),” “For Some Horses (Por unos caballos),” and “The Yr of the Radio (El Año del Radio).”
Pakistani filmmaker Ali Sohail Jaura earned the $5,000 Miami Worldwide Quick Movie award, given by choose members of Miami Movie Competition’s Program Committee, for his historic struggle drama “Homicide Tongue,” which illuminates one of the brutal chapters within the historical past of Karachi, Pakistan.
The $500 College of Miami Quick Documentary Movie Award, as judged by College of Miami Faculty of Communications school members, was given to “The Originals,” directed by Cristina Costantini and Alfie Koetter, a ten-year retrospective by way of the eyes of their former landlord and his childhood associates about rising up in South Brooklyn. “Firelei Báez: An Open Horizon (or) The Stillness of a Wound,” directed by Souki Mehdaoui, acquired an honorable point out.
The Viewers Quick Movie Award went to romantic comedy “Cariño,” directed by Fernanda Lamuño. First runner up was “Un Pequeño Corte,” directed by Mariana Serrano and second runner up “Madame Pipi,” directed by Rachelle Salnave.
This yr’s Finest Poster Award went to 2 excellent photographs. Designed by Nate Biller of Soar Lower, the poster for the interval drama Parsley evoked the model of Hollywood epics of the Thirties, in keeping with the Competition’s choice panel, whereas it “subverts these traditions by foregrounding Black Latinx/Haitian characters” to create a well timed assertion directly “poignant and highly effective.” Sander Brouwer’s work for the Chilean thriller Immersion, spotlighting a person unwilling to assist a sinking boat, “moved” the judges “immensely” by way of an inverted submergence in emotion, “a battle of morals and paranoia,” that may forestall human beings from appearing compassionately.
Earlier Knight Marimbas Award winner Lorenz Metz served as trailer editor of his personal movie, the Switzerland-produced Soul of a Beast, a conflicted romantic drama which was chosen for this yr’s Finest Trailer Award by choose members of the Competition’s Program Committee.
Returning in 2022 is the $1,000 Florida Cinemaslam Scholar Movie Award, judged by earlier Cinemaslam-winning alumni, with its money prize going to the homosexual character research The Fact of a Thousand Nights, directed by Chris Molina. Different non-cash awards got in 5 classes: Offside, directed by Emiliano Gioffre (Finest Writing), Offside, directed by Emiliano Gioffre (Finest Actor), One Name Away, directed by Camila Marcano (Finest Actress), Lower Quick, directed by Charlie Andelman (Finest Cinematography) and Symfaunic, directed by Erin Bergin and Darby Kate Snyder (Finest Technical Achievement).
The winners of the Viewers Award Function and Documentary Achievement Award, decided by a vote from members of the Competition’s public viewers, shall be introduced after the tip of the Competition.