The win caps off a whirlwind 14 months since the film’s 2017 Toronto world premiere and San Sebastian European premiere, where it won the Eroski Youth Award, Fedeora Award and two special mentions.
A semi-autobiographical film, “Killing Jesus” unspools in Medellin, the base of operations for Pablo Escobar’s cartel, which still suffers reverberations of the violence from his time as the world’s most notorious drug kingpin. Mora used non-professional actors to tell the revenge story of a young girl whose father is gunned down right before her eyes, and who, after a chance encounter with the killer at a nightclub, decides to embark on a mission of revenge.
Diego Ramirez’s Bogota and Cali-based 64A Films, the Colombian producer of TV smash hit “Pablo Escobar: The Drug Lord” – the series where Mora cut her teeth as a director – and AZ Films produced, in association with Caracol Television and Dago García Productions. “Killing Jesus” has sold handsomely for Madrid’s Latido Films.
Clare Weiskopf and Nicolas van Hemelryck’s “Amazona,” a tale of a reunion between a pregnant young woman and the mother who abandoned her when she was just 11, scooped Best Documentary as well as best editing and original music. In its festival and awards run the film also was also selected for Amsterdam’s IDFA, Edinburgh, Spain’s Goyas and won the Audience Award at the Cartagena Intl. Film Festival.
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William Vega’s “Sal” (“Salt”) scored a trio of awards for art direction, photography and costume design. The film follows Heraldo, a young man searching for his father who gets lost in the desert and, after an accident on his motorcycle, is taken into a world of exiles by a hermit couple.
The big animated winner was Santiago Caicedo’s black and white “Virus Tropical,” a Crystal Bear nominee at Berlin and audience award winner at SXSW. The film turns on Paola, a Latin American woman born to a priest and a psychic, who struggles for independence and to try and find a mold in which she can fit.
2018 MACONDO AWARDS WINNERS
“Killing Jesus,” (Laura Mora)
Laura Mora (“Killing Jesus”)
“Amazona,” (Clare Weiskopf, Nicolas van Hemelryck)
BEST ANIMATED FEATURE
“Virus Tropical,” (Santiago Caicedo)
BEST LEAD ACTRESS
Marcela Benjumea, (“Amalia”)
BEST LEAD ACTOR
Enrique Carriazo, (“Amalia”)
BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS
Patricia Tamayo, (“Amalia”)
BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR
Camilo Escobar, (“Killing Jesus”)
Gustavo Vasco, (“Amazona”)
Laura Mora, Alonso Torres (“Killing Jesus”)
Carlos E. Lopera, Gerardo Kalmar, Guido Berenblum (“Killing Jesus”)
BEST ART DIRECTION
Marcela Gómez, (“Sal”)
David Gallego, (“Sal”)
BEST ORIGINAL MUSIC
Camilo Sanabria, (“Amazona”)
BEST COSTUME DESIGN
Ana María Acosta, (“Sal”)
Liliana Cabrejo, (“The Sacrifice”)
BEST VISUAL EFFECTS
Hector Acosta (“The Sacrifice”)
BEST ORIGINAL SONG
“Virus Tropical” from “Virus Tropical,” (Adriana García)