Pablo Larrain’s “No” Earns Another Film Festival Award

Pablo Larrain’s No, Chile’s Foreign Oscar hopeful starring Gael Garcia Bernal, continues to win praise throughout the world…

Pablo Larrain

The 36-year-old Chilean filmmaker’s latest film, which won the Art Cinema Award at the 2012 Cannes Film Festival, has claimed the 1st Choral Award for Fiction Films at the Havana New Latin American Film Festival.

Based on a true story, No stars Bernalas a brash young Chilean advertising executive who spearheads a campaign that helps topple Chilean military dictator Augusto Pinochet’s regime

Also from Chile, Andres Wood’s Violeta Went to Heaven came in second in the same competition, and also won Best Art Direction, while the 3rd Choral Award went to Claudio AssisRat Fever from Brazil.

The Jury granted a Special Prize for Carlos Sorin’s Fishing Days (Argentina) and a Special Mention for Brazil/France co-production Once Upon a Time Was I, Verônica, directed by Marcelo Gomes

The fest’s First Film competition was topped by William Vega’s La Sirga (Colombia), followed by Alejandro Fadel’s The Wild Ones (Argentina) which also picked the Choral Award for Best Artistic Contribution. The 3rd Choral prize went to Fernando Guzzoni’s Dog Flesh (Chile)

Local documentary El evangelio según Ramiro by Juan Carlos Calahorra picked the 1st Choral in the Documentary competition, while Maria Veronica Ramirez’s Anima Buenos Aires topped the Animation category.

The FIPRESCI Award went to Nicolas Pereda’s Greatest Hits (Mexico)

Here’s the complete list of awards:


Short Films
Jury Mention: Detras del espejo – Julio O. Ramos (Peru)

Choral Award to Best Short Film: Los anfitriones – Miguel Angel Moulet (Cuba)

Feature Length Films

First Choral Award: No – Pablo Larrain (Chile, USA, Mexico)

Second Choral Award: Violeta Went to Heaven – Andres Wood (Chile, Argentina, Brazil)

Third Choral Award: Rat Fever – Claudio Assis (Brazil)

Special Jury Prize: Fishing Days – Carlos Sorin (Argentina)

Jury Mention: Once Upon a Time Was I, Veronica – Marcelo Gomes (Brazil, France)

Best Direction: Michel Franco – After Lucia (Mexico)

Best Script: Eduardo del Llano and Daniel Díaz Torres – La película de Ana (Cuba)

Best Actor: Andres Crespo – Pescador (Ecuador, Colombia)

Best Actress: Laura de la Uz – La película de Ana (Cuba)

Best Editing: Pablo Trapero and Nacho Ruiz Capillas – White Elephant (Argentina, Spain, France)

Best Original Score: Jacobo Lieberman, Leonardo Heiblum – The Delay (Uruguay, Mexico)

Best Soundtrack: Gilles Laurent – Post Tenebras Lux (Mexico, France, Germany, The Netherlands)

Best Cinematography: Alexis Zabe – Post Tenebras Lux (Mexico, France, Germany, The Netherlands)

Best Art Direction: Rodrigo Bazaes – Violeta Went to Heaven (Chile, Argentina, Brazil)

Best Film about Latin America by a non-Latin American filmmaker: Here and There – Antonio Mendez Esparza (USA, Spain, Mexico)


First Choral Award: La Sirga – William Vega (Colombia, France, Mexico)

Second Choral Award: The Wild Ones – Alejandro Fadel (Argentina)

Third Choral Award: Dog Flesh – Fernando Guzzoni (Chile)

Mention: El limpiador – Adrian Saba (Peru)

Choral Award to the Best Artistic Contribution: The Wild Ones – Alejandro Fadel (Argentina)


First Choral Award: Anima Buenos Aires – Maria Veronica Ramirez (Argentina)

Second Choral Award: Luminaris – Juan Pablo Zaramella (Argentina)

Third Choral Award: Fat Bald Short Man – Carlos Osuna (Colombia, France)

Special Jury Prize: Selkirk, el verdadero Robinson Crusoe – Walter Tournier (Uruguay, Argentina, Chile)

Mention: La luna en el jardin – Adanoe Lima and Yemelí Cruz (Cuba)


First Choral Award: El evangelio segun Ramiro – Juan Carlos Calahorra (Cuba)

Second Choral Award: Con mi corazon en Yambo – Fernanda Restrepo (Ecuador)

Third Choral Award: Cuentos sobre el futuro – Patricia Bustos (Chile)

Best Film about Latin America by a non-Latin American filmmaker: Escenas previas – Aleksandra Maciuszek (Cuba, Poland)

Special Prize: De agua dulce – Damian Sainz (Cuba)

Parra Biopic “Violeta Went To Heaven” to Be Released in the US

The story of Violeta del Carmen Parra Sandoval—the woman who ushered in la Nueva Canción chilena, a renewal and a reinvention of Chilean folk-inspired music and socially committed music—will soon be making its way to the big screen in the United States.

Kino Lorber has acquired all North American rights to Violeta Went To Heaven, Andrés Wood’s biopic of the Chilean composer, songwriter, folklorist, ethnomusicologist and visual artist, who died in 1967 at the age of 49.

Violeta Parra

Winner of the World Cinema Dramatic Jury Prize at this year’s Sundance Film Festival, Wood’s film was recently screened in New York City, as part of the Latinbeat series organized by The Film Society of Lincoln Center and programmed by Richard Peña and Marcela Goglio.

The film, which was awarded the World Cinema Jury Prize (Dramatic) at this year’s Sundance Film Festival, is a portrait of famed Chilean singer and folklorist Violeta Parra filled with her musical work, her memories, her loves and her hopes.

The film’s cast: Francisca Gavilán, Thomas Durand, Luis Machín, Gabriela Aguilera and Roberto Farías.

Kino Lorber plans release the film nationally in November or December of this year, then offer Violeta Went To Heaven via video on demand.