Abramovich’s Documentary “The Queen” Wins Big at the Los Angeles Film Festival

Manuel Abramovich’s documentary film is a royal winner at the Los Angeles Film Festival.

The Argentinean filmmaker’s The Queen has picked up the award for Best Documentray Short Film at the festival.

The Queen

The documentary film centers on Memi, an 11-year-old Argentinean beauty pageant competitor as she prepares to be Queen of the Carnival, a dazzling honor accompanied by costumes, sequins and a magnificent headdress.

“The crown is huge, weighs four kilos, studded with rhinestones and amethysts,” Memi’s mother proudly explains in the film.

While the mother and her girlfriends are lost in the excitement, Memi’s head is reeling from the tension. The camera watches the young girl in close-up. She is stoic – regal, even – as she suffers the attentions of the adults who are always offscreen.

Abramovich’s award comed with a $5,000 prize from the Los Angeles Film Festival.

Here is the complete list of winners:

Narrative Award (for Best Narrative Feature)Man From Reno, directed by Dave Boyle

Documentary Award (for Best Documentary Feature)Stray Dog, directed by Debra Granik

LA Muse AwardLos Ángeles, directed by Damian John Harper

Best Performance in the Narrative Competition
The Ensemble Cast of Recommended by Enrique, directed by Rania Attieh and Daniel García

Audience Award for Best Narrative FeatureThe Young Kieslowski, directed by Kerem Sanga

Audience Award for Best Documentary FeatureMeet the Patels, directed by Geeta V. Patel and Ravi V. Patel

Audience Award for Best International FeatureSomeone You Love, directed by Pernille Fischer Christensen
Country: Denmark

Award for Best Narrative Short FilmThe Runaway, directed by Jean-Bernard Marlin. France.

Award for Best Documentary Short FilmThe Queen, directed by Manuel Abramovich. Argentina.

Award for Best Animated/Experimental Short FilmButter Lamp, directed by Hu Wei. China/France.

Audience Award for Best Short FilmThe Gunfighter, directed by Eric Kissack

Audience Award for Best Music Video
“Turn Down For What”, Lil Jon and DJ Snake; directed by Daniels
Music: Lil Jon & DJ Snake

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