‘Martin’ prized at Havana fest

HAVANA — Argentina’s “Martin (Hache),” by director Adolfo Aristarain, won first prize for the best feature film at Havana’s Latin American film festival.

Aristarain also won the award for director and Cecilia Roth took the actress award for the film, about a father and his relationship with his adolescent son. The film was a favorite from the start of the 10-day festival, which ended Friday.

Argentine films won 13 of the prizes at the festival, where some 300 films competed this year.

Argentina’s “El Impostor,” directed by Alejandro Maci from a script worked on by the late Maria Luisa Bemberg, won the second prize for best film, while “Pandemonium, la capital del infierno,” directed by Venezuela’s Roman Chalbaud, took third prize.

Argentina’s Miguel Angel Sola won the actor award for his role in Juan Jose Jusid’s “Bajo Bandera,” while compatriots Aida Bortnik and Marcelo Pineyro won best script for “Cenizas del Paraiso.”

Cuban cinema, in the doldrums in recent years amid an economic crisis on the island, returned to offer three feature films this year, and won the special jury prize for “Kleines Tropicana” by Daniel Diaz Torres. Cuba presented no films last year.

The docu award went to “Evita, Una tumba sin Paz” by Argentina’s Tristan Bauer.

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