Duo take director, feature prize in Chile

Pedro Gonzalez-Rubio’s “Alamar” and Matt Porterfield’s “Putty Hill,” shared best pic and director honors at Chile’s Santiago Film Fest Awards on Monday.

Written, produced and directed by Gonzalez-Rubio “Alamar,” which earned a Tiger award in Rotterdam, follows a divorced Mexican fishing diver as he spends precious little time with his son. “Putty Hill,” co-written and produced by Variety’s Paris-based reviewer Jordan Mintzer, centers around a family that comes to terms with a son’s early death.

Quebec filmmaker Sophie Deraspe earned a jury special mention for her triple play as director, writer and cinematographer on “Vital Signs” while brothers Daniel and Diego Vera’s Peruvian laffer “October” also earned the jury nod.

In the Chilean competition, Christopher Murray and Pablo Carrera’s debut, “Manuel de Ribera” won the feature trophy, Rene Ballesteros earned the director prize for “The Burn” while “Piotr: A Mistranslation” scribes Martin Seeger and Simon Palacios, “Velodrome” actor Pablo Cerda and “31 of April” lenser Victor Cubillos earned special mentions.

Sitting on the jury were Abel Ferrara, Isabel Coixet and Variety’s Los Angeles-based reviewer Robert Koehler.

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