‘Benzinho,’ ‘Tierra Adentro,’ ‘Un Traductor’ Win 8th Iff Panama

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‘Benzinho,’ ‘Tierra Adentro,’ ‘Un Traductor’ Win 8th Iff Panama
Panama City — Posting a record in admissions, said festival director Pituka Ortega Heilbron, the 8th Iff Panama wrapped Wednesday with the closing film “The Sentence,” screened in the presence of actor Edward James Olmos.

Gustavo Pizzi’s “Benzinho” won best Ibero-American fiction film, Mauro Colombo’s “Tierra Adentro” Best Documentary, about the endangered jungle on the border between Panama and Colombia, and Sebastian and Rodrigo Barriuso’s “Un Traductor,” about Chernobyl victims being treated in 1989 Havana, won best film from Central America and the Caribbean, sponsored by Copa Airlines, Revista K and Master Card respectively.

In the 5th Primera Mirada, Iff Panama’s pix-in-post sidebar, Ana Elena Tejera’s “Panquiaco” scooped a $10,000 cash prize and a trip to Cannes Film Market and Fernando F. Blanco Rivas’ “Por eso vengo al río” a $5,000 prize. The sidebar screened five films from Central America and the Caribbean.

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