Monday, January 29, 2007

Sundance turns towards the drama of immigration

"Padre nuestro", directed by Christopher Zalla, won this weekend the Sundance's Grand Jury Prize. The other winner is the film "Manda Bala", produced by Jason Kohn, also inspired by Latin American subjects was awarded better documentary. The cinema with Latin background is unstoppable in the U.S. festivals. To the success of Mexican directors, like Guillermo del Toro, with six Oscar nominations with "Pan's Labyrinth", and of Alejandro González Iñárritu's "Babel" with seven nominations, we add Christopher Zalla with this prize for his first work, which counts the history of a young Mexican who enters the U.S. illegally to look for his father, that he never knew.
In the documentary category, "Manda Bala", Jason Kohn's documentary about the violence and organized crime in Brazil, won the Grand Jury Prize.

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