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19th Havana Film Festival NY Announces Havana Star Prize Winners

19th Havana Film Festival NY Announces Havana Star Prize Winners

The 19th Havana Film Festival NY announced theHavana Star Prize Winners during its Closing Night Ceremony at the New York Directors Guild Theatre in Manhattan. Joaquim by Marcelo Gomes (Brazil) won the Havana Star Prize for Best Feature as well as Best Director. Best Screenplay went to Ernesto Daranas and Martha Daranas for Sergio & Sergei (Cuba), Best Actor to Argentinean marvel Miguel Solá for The Last Suit (El Último Traje), and Best Actress to Antonia Zegers for Los Perros (Chile). Special Jury Mentions went to feature film The Desert Bride by Valeria Pivato and Cecilia Atan (Argentina) and to the documentary Severo Secreto by Cuban filmmakers Gustavo Perez and Oneyda Gonzalez. Best Documentary went to Filiberto directed by Freddie Marrero (Puerto Rico). The jury in the fiction category included director Rafi Mercado, actors Laura Gomez and Sebastian Ospina, while the jury in the documentary category consisted of Cuban film critic Luciano Castillo and director Julian Troksberg.

"Marcelo Gomes' portrait of the love affair between two misbegotten and oppressed characters in 18th century colonial Brazil is a powerful, sensual and cinematic delight," stated the jury when handling the prize.

While for Filiberto the jury stated "for reconstructing from memories, testimonies and an impressive footage, not just the figure of a controversial character; but also, the political history of contemporary Puerto Rico."

A full house attended the Closing Night Ceremony and Awards Presentation, followed by the New York premiere of the U.S - Cuban documentary Cuban Food Stories, directed by Asori Soto.

Detailed information about all festival programs is available at

The sponsors of the 19th HFFNY are NBC/Telemundo 47, El Diario/La Prensa, Consulate General of Argentina, Consulate General of Paraguay, Consulate General of Spain, Aguijón Films, Ron Barcelo, Café La Llave. Media sponsors are Bach Media, OnCuba Magazine, Queens Latino, Lipariri Photo. HFFNY is made possible with public funds from the New York State Council on the Arts and the Honorable Governor Andrew Cuomo, New York State legislators and supported, in part, by public funds from the NYC Department of Cultural Affairs in collaboration with the City Council.

The Havana Film Festival New York is a project of American Friends of the Ludwig Foundation of Cuba (AFLFC), a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization building cultural bridges between the U.S. and Cuba through programs in the arts since the year 2000.

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