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INTERNATIONAL COMPETITION

Astor Piazzolla Award to the Best Feature Film
Hit the Road by Panah Panahi
Jury Statement:
A masterful film that continually surprises us during the course of a road trip that we share with a remarkable family whose tenderness, love and anxiety for an uncertain future is expressed both through communal songs and strange jokes, and through the uniquely expressive landscapes. used to such powerful effect by the director. The Best Feature Film award is given in recognition of Panah Panahi's extraordinary achievement and the excellence and rigor of the four main actors who capture our hearts and our imaginations.”

Astor Piazzolla Special Jury Award
What Do We See When We Look at the Sky? by Alexandre Koberidze
Jury Statement:
If the cinema has searched since its genesis for ways to show magic and dreams, this film succeeds, in its aesthetics and in its narration, to bring the spirit of a dream to the screen.”

Astor Piazzolla Award for Best Direction
Miguel Gomes and Maureen Fazendeiro, for Diários de Otsoga
Jury Statement:
For the courage revealed in the story, for the appearance of drifting, for the breaking of limits, for the return to film and for the framing and light, which lead us to the purest of cinema.”

Astor Piazzolla Award for Best Acting
Tie for Candela Recio in Quién lo impide and Zelda Adams in Hellbender
Jury Statement:
For an undeniable and striking charisma and talent that profoundly impacts the identity of these films and defines the role of actors as central creative forces.”

Astor Piazzolla Award for Best Script
Roman Zürcher and Silvan Zürcher, for The Girl and the Spider
Jury Statement:
For a work of great precision and poetry, while at the same time delicate and robust as a spider's web, an essential foundation for the millimeter bomb that is this fascinating film about transition and the little moments that make great dramas.”

Honorable Mention
Espíritu sagrado by Chema García Ibarra
Jury Statement:
Because, in a key of fantastic realism full of humor, it moves us by showing that horror can be hidden behind fanaticism.”

Honorable Mention
Kim Min-young of the Report Card by Lim Jisun and Lee Jae-eun
Jury Statement:
For its tender, sensitive and fine study of characters in the transition to an uncertain maturity.”



LATIN AMERICAN COMPETITION

Astor Piazzolla Award to the Best Feature Film
Jesús López by Maximiliano Schonfeld
Jury Statement:
For its courage in sustaining and continuing to believe in a classic story, assuming the forms of its contemporaneity, putting the brilliant staging and acting at the service of the audience.”

Honorable Mention
De todas las cosas que se han de saber by Sofía Velázquez Núñez
Jury Statement:
For giving us, in a sketch, the entire history of his town, with its aspirations and fears, without ever giving up the playful pleasure of painting an entire town.”

Astor Piazzolla Award to the Best Short Film
Síndrome de los quietos by Elías León Siminiani
Jury Statement:
A master filmmaker used to say that making films is about wanting to share with the dead something that we show the living. Síndrome de los quietos shares with us something of that spirit, and makes us feel that defeats and games reveal more to us than the successful ventures.”


ARGENTINE COMPETITION

Astor Piazzolla Award to the Best Feature Film
Las cercanas by María Álvarez
Jury Statement:
With delicacy and respect we immerse ourselves in a tiny place that paradoxically unfolds like a vast landscape of imagination and memory. The art of the Cavallini sisters encapsulates in time an Argentina marked by social upheavals while both embody their music with explosive closeness.”

José Martínez Suárez Award for the Best Direction
Danubio by Agustina Pérez Rial
Jury Statement:
For the original essay form that meticulously links and reconstructs hidden political plots during an edition of the Mar del Plata International Film Festival, that seems more like the setting of a spy film.”

Honorable Mention
Noh by Marco Canale, Juan Fernández Gebauer and Ignacio Ragone
Jury Statement:
The Jury has also decided to award a special mention to a moving story filmed with beautiful precision.”

Astor Piazzolla Award for the Best Short Film
Engomado by Toia Bonino and Marcos Joubert
Jury Statement:
A that is film sincere and respectful in the process of filming the anguish of an imprisoned human being that is at once intimate, poetic, and not without humor. An original reflection on ‘freedom’ that has left us excited.”



ALTERED STATES COMPETITION

Astor Piazzolla for Best Feature Film
A Night of Knowing Nothing by Payal Kapadia
Jury Statement:
In the film, we hear these words spoken by a character: "I thought you would fight for us. But maybe I was wrong. Maybe you were never as strong as I thought." A work of tremendous bravery, working with and on behalf of a new generation of Indians—students, artists, and more–Payal Kapadia's stunning film speaks of youth's disillusionment of romance and dreams in the face of repression and marginalization. In so precisely yet generously encompassing a spectrum of youthful endeavors, including studying, loving, protesting, and creating, A Night of Knowing Nothing boldly charts how love turns into anger, personal history turns into community, and community and anger can work towards a new future.”

Honorable Mention
Nuclear Family by Erin Wilkerson and Travis Wilkerson
Jury Statement:
This remarkable film, which combines genres of home movies, political landscape documentary, and archival spectacular, is an unexpectedly personal, yet cleverly made and incisively constructed indictment of America's century-spanning obsession with war and the destruction of others. The trauma of this obsession is seen as warping minds and families as it does brutalize the land and eliminate peoples. Wilkerson's dialectic between his own family's traversal of this historical landscape and the sinister, silent emptiness of a country whose Indigenous population has been decimated and replaced by ever-greater weapons aimed at other so-called enemies, speaks volumes for unresolved and still-living national ideology.”



IN TRANSIT COMPETITION / WORK IN PROGRESS COMPETITION

Astor Piazzolla Award to the Best Project
Monólogo colectivo by Jessica Sarah Rinland
Jury Statement:
It is a brave and independent project, which seeks to question the relationship betweethe care, practice and limits of conservation, which too often have concealed a way of relating to the world based on conquest and exploitation. We want to defend the promise of a film that contains this ambitious exploration that is as cinematographic as it is ethnographic.”


YOUNG CRITIC’S AWARD TO THE BEST LATIN AMERICAN DEBUT

Best Film
Estrella roja by Sofía Bordenave
Jury Statement:
Erected in the form of a fictional essay, the winning film addresses History through various voices, objects and spaces that recall the spasmodic times of the Russian Revolution. The film does not seek the precision of events, much less their ideological decantation, but rather it aims to refer beautifully to a moment where ‘the future was infinite’ and to suggest that cinema can still increase the inventive force that humanity has lost.”



AWARDS GIVEN BY SPONSORS

EN TRÁNSITO / WORK IN PROGRESS COMPETITION

Banco Nación, Cinecolor and Cono del Silencio Award to the Best Project EN TRÁNSITO
Monólogo colectivo by Jessica Sarah Rinland


LATIN AMERICAN COMPETITION

Alta Definición Argentina Award to the Best Film of the Latin American Competition
Jesús López by Maximiliano Schonfeld


ARGENTINE FEATURE FILM COMPETITION

Banco Nación, Lahaye Media and Pomeranec Sonido Award to the Best Argentine Feature Film
Las cercanas by María Álvarez


ARGENTINE SHORT FILM COMPETITION

Premio Banco Nación, Lahaye Media and Pomeranec Sonido Award to the Best Argentine Short Film
Engomado by Toia Bonino and Marcos Joubert


ALTERED STATES COMPETITION

MUBI Award to the Best Film
A Night of Knowing Nothing by Payal Kapadia