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Victor Gaviria’s ‘The Animal’s Wife’ Sweeps Lleida Fest

Lola Amores, Alan Sabbagh take actress, actor

LLEIDA – Colombian Victor Gaviria’s “The Animal’s Wife” took director, feature and screenplay awards at the Lleida Catalonia Latin America Festival. “Wife” also snagged the Audience and Radio Exterior de España prizes.

In “The Animal’s Wife,” multi-awarded Gaviria (“Addictions and Subtractions,” “The Rose Seller”) delivers a reflection about misogyny through a female empowerement drama. “Wife” follows Amparo (Natalia Polo) who flees the convent after a minor offense to find refuge at her sister’s home, in a shanty neighborhood of Medellin. There, a family member of her brother-in-law, cousin Libardo (Tito Alexander Gómez) obsesses about Amparo and abducts her, forcing her to live under his roof. Premiered at the Toronto Festival, “Wife” is internationally sold by Italy’s Fandango.

Lola Amores took best actress  for “Santa  & Andrés,” the sophomore directorial effort of Carlos Lechuga (“Melaza”). An intimate drama, “Santa” won actress and Best Ibero-American Fiction Feature at Mexico’s Guadalajara Film Festival.  “Santa” is a Cuban production –in co-production with France and Colombia– that world-premiered at Toronto and took Miami’s best performance award, shared with co-star Eduardo Martínez. “Santa” has been pre-selected for the upcoming Platino Awards in two categories –Feature and Screenplay. It was selected, then rejected for the Havana Festival. Lechuga pulled it from the Havana Film Festival New York after it was shifted from a competition berth due to pressures from Cuba’s ICAIC Film Festival, a fest funder.

Alan Sabbagh took Lleida’s actor award for Daniel Burman’s romcom “The Tenth Man” – following his best actor in an international narrative feature jury award at the Tribeca Fest for “Man.” The feature premiered at the Berlin Film Festival as a Panorama Special.

The top Audience Award also went to “Wife.” Second and third-place audience prizes were won respectively by Uruguay’s “Clever,” by directorial duo Federico Borgia and Guillermo Madeiro. and Argentine’s “Black Snow,” by Martín Hodara.

The 23rd Lleida Catalonia Latin America Festival closed Sunday with the screening of Juan Taratuto’s mainstream screwball comedy and Argentine smash hit, “I Married a Dumbass.”


And the winners are:


“The Animal’s Wife,” (Víctor Gaviria, Colombia)


Lola Amores, (“Santa  & Andrés,” Carlos Lechuga, Cuba, France, Colombia)


Alan Sabbagh (“The Tenth Man,” Daniel Burman, Argentina)


Víctor Gaviria






1. “Wife”

2. “Clever,” (Federico Borgia, Guillermo Madeiro, Uruguay)

3. “Black Snow” (Martín Hodara, Argentina)


“Electric Man” (Álvaro Muñoz, Chile)


“Timecode,” (Juanjo Giménez, Spain)


“Offended,” (Marcela Zamora Chamorro, El Salvador, Mexico)


“The Monster in the Stone,” (Ignasi Duarte, France)



Emilio Gutiérrez Caba


Francesc Betriu

Jordi Cadenas

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