Colombian fest fetes Sundance hit 'Maria'

LOS ANGELES — Hector Babenco’s prison drama “Carandiru” took home the picture and ensemble acting prizes at Colombia’s 44th Cartagena Intl. Film Festival, which wrapped Friday.

Sundance hit “Maria, Full of Grace,” a U.S.-Colombian co-production written and directed by Joshua Marston, won the special jury prize as well as debut feature and acting kudos for thesps Catalina Sandino and Wagner Moura.

Cuba’s Fernando Perez nabbed the director award for “Suite Habana.” Raul Perez Ureta won cinematography for his work in Perez’ lyrical ode to the Cuban capital.

Chile’s writer/director Gonzalo Justiniano snagged the screenplay prize for his unsentimental portrait of a destitute 15-year-old girl, “B-Happy.” Supporting actress kudos went to Lorene Prieto for her performance in the drama.

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