The Algerian film Papicha received a Lucia Award for its position “against intolerance and religious and cultural obscurantism”. Photo: Excerpt from Cine Cubano magazine

By IPS-Cuba

HAVANA TIMES – The Gibara International Film Festival closed its 2022 edition on August 6 with a simple awards ceremony at the Jibá cinema, during which the juries communicated their verdict on the works competing in the categories Fiction, Documentary and Animation. Gibara is a generally quiet fishing village in the province of Holguin, northeast Cuba.

The trio dedicated to fiction cinema, made up of Cuban director Arturo Sotto (president), director Laura Cazador, from Switzerland, and Spaniard Tito Cañada, organizer of the Social Film Festival (FECISO), has decided to award the first prize (Lucia Award) for fiction to feature film Papicha.

The Algerian film, directed by Mounia Meddour, stands out for “defending equal rights against intolerance and religious and cultural obscurantism”.

In the meantime, the prize for the best short film has been awarded to The dead sonby the Cuban Maysel Bello, for “the force of synthesis and interpretation of the distribution which transmits a singular emotion”.

In addition, they decided to award a Special Prize to the Franco-Romanian-Turkish co-production, The criminals, directed by Serhat Karaaslan; and a special mention to the Cuban film Countrysideby Eduardo del Llano.

Eduardo del Llano’s short film was very well received by national press experts and other juries. Since it is available online, we present it at the bottom of this article.

Awards in Documentaries and Animation

The Documentary and Animation jury has decided to reward Ophir, directed by Alexandre Berman and Oliver Pollet (France-United Kingdom) for its quality of “revealing respectful of the dignity and the fight of the first inhabitants of a small island located in Papua New Guinea”. mataby Norwegian Ingrid Fadnes and Brazilian Fabio Nascimento, received a special mention.

The jury was made up of cultural director Francisco Jiménez, from Spain; Mexican director Amaranta Díaz; and the Cuban documentary filmmaker Belkis Vega (president), also awarded a Lucía to the short film My cousin Andrea’s communionby the Spaniard Brandan Cerviño, who wondered about “religious impositions in childhood”.

As for the Animation category, they rewarded the French film Calamity Martha Jane Cannary’s Childhoodby Remi Chaye, for showing the strength of a girl in the midst of a world where women are denied the right to accept challenges and decide their destiny.

Since the massive fire broke out at the supertanker port of Matanzas the day before August 5, the organizing committee has decided to suspend the closing festive activities in solidarity with the people of Matanzas.

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