Bruno Mars’ Silk Sonic Wins Video of the Year at Soul Train Awards for Second Year in a Row

Bruno Mars is a repeat winner…

The 37-year-old part-Puerto Rican Grammy-winning singer/songwriter and his Silk Sonic group mate Anderson .Paak came away with one the top prizes at the Soul Train Awards, which aired on BET and BET Her on Saturday (November 27).

Bruno Mars, Silk SonicMars’ Silk Sonic won video of the year for the second year in a row with “Smokin’ Out the Window.”

The retro-soul duo took home the award last year for “Leave the Door Open.”

Mars won in that same category for “24K Magic” (2017) and “Finesse” (remix featuring Cardi B, 2018).

The Soul Train Awards took place at the Orleans Arena in Las Vegas, where the show was taped earlier this month.

Here’s the complete list of 2022 Soul Train Awards winners:

Album of the Year: Renaissance, Beyoncé|
Song of the Year: “Break My Soul,” Beyoncé
Video of the Year: “Smokin Out the Window,” Silk Sonic (Bruno Mars & Anderson .Paak)
Best New Artist: Tems
Best R&B/Soul Female Artist: Jazmine Sullivan
Best R&B/Soul Male Artist: Chris Brown
Best Collaboration: “Make Me Say It Again, Girl,” Ronald Isley & The Isley Brothers feat. Beyoncé
Certified Soul Award: Mary J. Blige
The Ashford and Simpson Songwriter’s Award: “Hrs & Hrs,” Muni Long
Best Dance Performance: “About Damn Time,” Lizzo
Best Gospel/Inspirational Award: Maverick City Music X Kirk Franklin
Legend Award: The Time
Lady of Soul Award: Xscape

Telemundo’s “Buscando a Frida,” Starring Eduardo Santamarina, Wins International Emmy Award

Eduardo Santamarina is celebrating a global recognition…

The 54-year-old Mexican film, theater and television actor’s Spanish-language drama series Buscando a Frida has won an International Emmy Award.

Eduardo Santamarina, Buscando a FridaThe series, which aired on Telemundo, won in the Non-English Language U.S. Primetime Program category.

An adaptation of the Chilean telenovela titled ¿Dónde está Elisa? created by Pablo Illanes, the series stars Santamarina, Ximena Herrera and Arap Bethke.

The series revolves around the Pons family and how their lives suddenly changed when their daughter, Frida, mysteriously disappears on the night of her father’s birthday party. During the investigation lies, resentments, and secrets will come out, turning everyone into suspects and unmasking a family that is far from perfect.

Television around the world has really come of age,” International Academy President & CEO Bruce Paisner said. “What is especially gratifying on this 50th anniversary is seeing the number of countries globally which produce world-class television programs and personalities, and win Emmys.”

Here’s the list of winners in all 15 categories:

Drama Series
Vigil
World Productions
United Kingdom

Comedy Series
Sex Education
Netflix / Eleven Film
United Kingdom

TV Movie/Mini-Series
Help
The Forge / All3Media International
United Kingdom

Non-Scripted Entertainment
Love on the Spectrum – Season 2
Northern Pictures / ABC / Netflix
Australia

Non-English Language U.S. Primetime Program
Buscando A Frida
Telemundo Global Studios / Argos
United States

Documentary
Enfants De Daech, Les Damnés de la Guerre [Iraq’s Lost Generation]
Cinétévé / France Televisions / LCP / RTS / DR / NRK / SVT / Région Ile-de-France / CNC / PROCIREP – ANGOA
France

Best Performance by an Actress
Lou de Laâge in “Le Bal des Folles” [“The Mad Women’s Ball”]
Légende Films / Amazon
France

Best Performance by an Actor
Dougray Scott in Irvine Welsh’s Crime
Cineflix Media Inc. / Buccaneer Media / Off Grid Film & TV
United Kingdom

Arts Programming
Freddie Mercury: The Final Act
Rogan Productions
United Kingdom

Sports Documentary
Queen Of Speed
Sky / Drum Studios
United Kingdom

Kids: Factual & Entertainment
My Better World
Fundi Films / Maan Creative / Impact(ed) International
South Africa

Kids: Live-Action
Kabam!
NPO / IJswater Films / KRO-NCRV
Netherlands

Kids: Animation
Shaun the Sheep: Flight Before Christmas
Netflix / Aardman
United Kingdom

Telenovela
YeonMo” [The King’s Affection]
KBS (Korean Broadcasting System) / Netflix / Monster Union / Arc Media
South Korea

Short-Form Series
Rūrangi
Autonomouse / The Yellow Affair
New Zealand

Bad Bunny Wins Favorite Latin Artist Male & Favorite Latin Album for Third Year in a Row at American Music Awards

Bad Bunny is America’s choice…

The 28-year-old Puerto Rican rapper and singer won two awards at this year’s American Music Awards, giving him the most wins among Latinx artists at this year’s exhibition.

Bad BunnyBad Bunny, who’d previously won 4 AMAs, took him the Favorite Latin Artist – Male and Favorite Latin Album for his chart-topping album Un Verano Sin Ti.

It’s the third year in a row that Bad Bunny has won both AMA prizes.

Anitta has claimed the first AMAs trophy of her career…

The 29-year-old Brazilian singer, songwriter and host was named the Favorite Latin Artist – Female.

Yahritza Martinez and her siblings are also first-time winners…

The Mexican-American teenager and her brothers won the Favorite Latin Duo or Group award.

Here’s a look at all the winners:

Artist of the year: Taylor Swift
New artist of the year:
Dove Cameron
Collaboration of the year: Elton John & Dua Lipa, “Cold Heart – PNAU Remix”
Favorite touring artist: Coldplay
Favorite music video: Taylor Swift, “All Too Well (Taylor’s Version)”
Favorite male pop artist: Harry Styles
Favorite female pop artist: Taylor Swift
Favorite pop duo or group: BTS
Favorite pop album: Taylor Swift, Red (Taylor’s Version)
Favorite pop song: Harry Styles, “As It Was”
Favorite male country artist: Morgan Wallen
Favorite female country artist: Taylor Swift
Favorite country duo or group: Dan + Shay
Favorite country album: Taylor Swift, Red (Taylor’s Version)
Favorite country song: Morgan Wallen, “Wasted on You”
Favorite male hip-hop artist: Kendrick Lamar
Favorite female hip-hop artist: Nicki Minaj
Favorite hip-hop album: Kendrick Lamar, Mr. Morale & The Big Steppers
Favorite hip-hop song: Future ft. Drake & Tems, “Wait For U”
Favorite male R&B artist: Chris Brown
Favorite female R&B artist: Beyoncé
Favorite R&B album: Beyoncé, Renaissance
Favorite R&B song: Beyoncé, “Break My Soul”
Favorite male Latin artist: Bad Bunny
Favorite female Latin artist: Anitta
Favorite Latin duo or group: Yahritza Y Su Esencia
Favorite Latin album: Bad Bunny, Un Verano Sin Ti
Favorite Latin song: Sebastián Yatra, “Dos Oruguitas”
Favorite rock artist: Machine Gun Kelly
Favorite rock song: Måneskin, “Beggin’”
Favorite rock album: Ghost, Impera
Favorite inspirational artist: for King & Country
Favorite gospel artist: Tamela Mann
Favorite dance/electronic artist: Marshmello
Favorite soundtrack: ELVIS
Favorite Afrobeats artist: Wizkid
Favorite K-pop artist: BTS

Jorge Drexler: The Big Winner at This Year’s Latin Grammys

Jorge Drexler is this year’s Latin Grammys darling…

The 58-year-old Uruguayan musician was the big winner at this year’s awards show, taking home six awards.

Jorge DrexlerDrexler won best alternative song, best pop song, best singer/songwriter album and best Portuguese language song. He was also up against some Latin heavyweights (Bad Bunny, Rosalía, Rauw Alejandro, Christina Aguilera) for the song and record of the year, but beat out the slate with his collaboration with C. Tangana, “Tocarte.”

Although Bad Bunny topped the list with 10 nominations, he won five awards, including best urban album for Un Verano Sin Ti, which made history this week by earning a Grammy nod for Album of the Year.

During Thursday night’s show, Angela Alvarez made history by tying with 25-year-old Silvana Estrada for the best new artist award at 95 years old.

Sebastian Yatra, who has been nominated several times but has never won, took home his first Latin Grammys for his breakout album Dharma,” which won best pop vocal album and best pop song for “Tacones Rojos,” which he sang alongside John Legend.

Rosalía took home best alternative music album for her genre-agnostic and multi-layered Motomami, in addition to best recording package and the coveted album of the year award. The songstress appeared on stage in tears while she gave her thank yous; “Thank you to the love of my life. Baby, I love you,” she told boyfriend and reggaeton titan Rauw Alejandro.

Here’s the complete winner’s list:

Record of the Year: Tocarte – Jorge Drexler and C. Tangana
Album of the Year: Motomami (digital album) – Rosalía
Song of the Year: Tocarte – Jorge Drexler, Pablo Drexler, Víctor Martínez and C. Tangana (Jorge Drexler and C. Tangana)
Best New Artist: Angela Álvarez & Silvana Estrada [TIE]
Best Pop Vocal Album: DHARMA — Sebastian Yatra
Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album: Aguilera — Christina Aguilera
Best Pop Song: La Guerrilla de la Concordia — Jorge Drexler (Jorge Drexler) & Tacones Rojos — Pablo María Rousselon De Croisoeuil, Manuel Lara, Manuel Lorente, Juan Josep Monserrat Riutort and Sebastián Yatra (Sebastián Yatra) [TIE]
Best Urban Fusion/Performance: Tití Me Preguntó — Bad Bunny
Best Reggaeton Performance: Lo Siento BB:/ — Tainy, Bad Bunny and Julieta Venegas
Best Urban Music Album: Un Verano Sin Ti — Bad Bunny
Best Rap/Hip Hop Song: El Gran Robo, PT. 2 — Phanlon Anton Alexander, Geovanny Andrades Andino, Daddy Yankee and Lito Mc Cassidy (Lito Mc Cassidy, Daddy Yankee)
Best Urban Song:Tití Me Preguntó — Bad Bunny
Best Rock Album: Unas Vacaciones Raras — Él Mató A Un Policía Motorizado
Best Rock Song: Lo Mejor de Nuestras Vidas — Fito Páez
Best Pop/Rock Album: Los Años Salvajes — Fito Páez
Best Pop/Rock Song: Babel – Fito Páez & Carlos Vives, compositores (Carlos Vives & Fito Páez), Track from: Cumbiana II
Best Alternative Music Album: Motomami (Digital Album), Rosalía
Best Alternative Song: El Día Que Estrenaste El Mundo, Jorge Drexler, compositor (Jorge Drexler)
Best Salsa Album: Pa’lla Voy, Marc Anthony
Best Cumbia/Vallenato Album: Feliz Aniversario, Jean Carlos Centeno y Ronal Urbina
Best Merengue/Bachata Album: Entre Mar y Palmeras, Juan Luis Guerra
Best Traditional Tropical Album: Gonzalo Rubalcaba y Aymée Nuviola Live
Best Contemporary Tropical Album: Cumbiana II, Carlos Vives
Best Tropical Song: Mala, Marc Anthony & Álvaro Lenier Mesa, compositores (Marc Anthony)
Best Singer-Songwriter Album: Tinta y Tiempo, Jorge Drexler
Best Ranchero/Mariachi Album: EP #1 Forajido, Christian Nodal
Best Banda Album: Abeja Reina
Best Tejano Album: Para Que Baile Mi Pueblo, Bobby Pulido
Best Norteño Album: La Reunión (Deluxe), Los Tigres del Norte
Best Regional Song: Como Lo Hice Yo, Edgar Barrera, Carin León and Matisse
Best Instrumental Album: Maxixe Samba Groove, Hamilton De Holanda
Best Folk Album: Ancestros Sinfónico, Síntesis, X Alfonso y Eme Alfonso
Best Tango Album: Horacio Salgán Piano Transcriptions, Pablo Estigarribia
Best Flamenco Album: Libres, Las Migas
Best Latin Jazz/Jazz Album: Mirror Mirror, Eliane Elias, Chick Corea, Chucho Valdés
Best Portuguese Language: Christian Albu Laboratório Do Groove, Eli Soares
Best Portuguese Language Contemporary Pop Album: Sim Sim Sim, Bala Desejo
Best Portuguese Language Rock or Alternative Album: O Futuro Pertenece À … Jovem Guarda, Erasmo Carlos
Best samba/pagode Album: Nimanice #2, LUDMILLA
Best MPB (Musica Popular Brasileira) Album: Indigo Borboleta Anil, Liniker
Best Sertaneja Music Album: Chitãozinho & Xororó Legado, Chitãozinho & Xororó
Best Portuguese Language Roots Album: Senhora Das Folhas, Áurea Martins
Best Portuguese Language Song: Vento Sardo,” Jorge Drexler & Marisa Monte (Marisa Monte Featuring Jorge Drexler)
Best Latin Children’s Album: A LA FIESTA DE LA MÚSICA VAMOS TODOS, Sophia
Best Classical Album: LEGADO, Berta Rojas; Sebastián Henríquez (album producer)
Best Classical Contemporary Composition: Anido’s Portrait: I. Chacarera, Sergio Assad, composer (Berta Rojas), Track from: Legado
Best Arrangement: El Plan Maestro, Fernando Velázquez, arranger (Jorge Drexler), Track from: Tinta Y Tiempo
Best Recording Package: Motomami (Digital Album), Ferran Echegaray, Viktor Hammarberg, Rosalía, Daniel Sannwald & Pili Vila, art directors (Rosalía)
Best Engineered Album: Motomami (Digital Album), Chris Gehringer, engineer; Jeremie Inhaber, Manny Marroquin, Zach Peraya & Anthony Vilchis, mixers; Chris Gehringer, mastering engineer (Rosalía)
Producer of the Year: Julio Reyes Copello
Best Short Form Music Video: This is Not America, Residente Feat. Ibeyi Featuring Lisa-Kaindé Diaz & Naomi Diaz, Greg Ohrel, video director; Jason Cole, video producer, [Doomsday Entertainment]
Best Long Form Music Video: Hasta La Raíz: El Documental, Natalia Lafourcade, Bruno Bancalari & Juan Pablo López-Fonseca, video directors; Juan Pablo López-Fonseca, video producer, [Casa Elefante]

Tania León Among This Year’s Kennedy Center Honors Recipients

Tania León has earned a prestigious honor…

The 79-year-old Cuban composer, conductor and educator will be among this year’s Kennedy Center Honors recipients.

Tania LeónLeon is part of a roster of honorees that includes U2, Gladys Knight, Amy Grant and George Clooney.

The Honors recipients are recognized for their contributions to American culture through the performing arts—whether in music, dance, theater, opera, motion pictures, or television—and are confirmed by the executive committee of the Center’s board of trustees.

 

Deborah F. Rutter, Kennedy Center president, noted: “For nearly a half-century, the Kennedy Center Honors has represented the very best of America’s creative culture. The Honors is often referred to by past recipients as the pinnacle of awards because it recognizes not just one performance, album, or film, but esteems an artist’s cumulative body of work and influence over many decades…”

León received a 2012 Grammy nomination for best contemporary classical composition for Inura for Voices, Strings and Percussion. She is also renowned as a conductor, educator and advisor to arts organizations

León was a founding member and the first musical director of Arthur Mitchell‘s Dance Theater of Harlem, establishing its music department, music school, and orchestra.

She won the 2021 Pulitzer Prize for Music for Stride.

The 45th Kennedy Center Honors Gala concludes with a dinner in the Grand Foyer.

“Little did I imagine when studying in La Habana that life was going to grace me with such a distinction! My first thoughts went to my ancestors: they believed in my dreams, and what we lacked in material wealth, they made up for in spirit, encouragement, and support,” says Leon of the honor. “My heartfelt thanks go to the many people who have blessed my path by helping my talent to blossom and by giving me the chance to be heard. I am incredibly humbled to join such a prestigious family of artists, and deeply grateful to the Kennedy Center for bestowing me with this incredible honor.”

The 45th annual Kennedy Center Honors will air on Wednesday, December 28 (8:00 – 10:00 pm ET/PT) on CBS. Paramount+ Premium subscribers will have access to stream live via the live feed of their local CBS affiliate on the service as well as on demand. Essential-tier subscribers will have access to on-demand the day after the special airs.

The special show will be taped on Sunday, December 4 in Washington, D.C.  Presented for lifetime artistic achievements, the program will be held on Sunday, December 4, on the Opera House stage at The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C.

Bad Bunny Becomes First Latino Artist Named Apple Music’s Artist of the Year

Bad Bunny is the apple of Apple’s eye…

Apple Music has named the 28-year-old Puerto Rican superstar its 2022 Artist of the Year.

Bad BunnyIt’s the first time since the Apple Music Awards launched in 2019 that a Latin artist has been recognized as AOTY, and the first time only one artist is named for the award.

Bad Bunny — whose Un Verano Sin Ti Album is also Apple Music’s most streamed album this year and the biggest Latin album of all time — is acknowledged for his excellence and influence on global culture in 2022. He now joins previous AOTY honorees including Billie Eilish, Lil Baby, Megan Thee Stallion, Taylor Swift and The Weeknd.

“We’re thrilled to celebrate the achievements of Bad Bunny, whose influence on every corner of culture could not be ignored in 2022,” said Oliver Schusser, Apple’s vice president of Apple Music and Beats, in a statement. “Watching Bad Bunny ascend from an Apple Music Up Next artist in 2018 to our Artist of the Year this year has been nothing short of extraordinary. We congratulate him on his record-breaking year and for continuing to bring Latin music to a massive global audience.”

In addition to becoming Apple Music’s biggest Latin artist of all time by streams worldwide, Bad Bunny’s “Moscow Mule” holds the record for the biggest Latin song of all time by first-day streams worldwide.

He broke the record for most simultaneous entries by a single Latin artist with 22 songs on the Daily Top 100; reached No. 1 on the Daily Top 100 in 34 countries worldwide, more than any other Latin artist; and holds the No. 1, No. 2 and No. 3 Latin albums by first-day streams, just to name a few milestones.

“When I started, I didn’t have a global fan base,” he told Apple Music in an exclusive film. “I’m grateful for everything I’ve accomplished and everything I’ve experienced. The Latin music movement has grown so much. I would never take full credit or say, ‘It’s because of me.’ No, it’s every one of us. A whole generation. Our energy and presence are always felt.”

In celebration, the “Me Porto Bonito” singer curated a “La Fórmula” playlist with tracks from Myke Towers and Rauw Alejandro, among others, and fans can tune in to Apple Music 1, where it’s Bad Bunny Day with exclusive programming, specials, and more.

Kid Cudi to Receive Groundbreaker Award at Critics Choice Association’s Celebration of Black Cinema and Television

Scott “Kid Cudi” Mescudi is Critics Choice Association honoree…

The 38-year-old half-Mexican American rapper, singer, songwriter, record producer and actor will be among the honorees at the Critics Choice Association’s fifth annual Celebration of Black Cinema and Television.

Kid CudiTaking place on Monday, December 5, at the Fairmont Century Plaza Hotel in Los Angeles, the event will also feature recognition for Angela BassettBerry GordyQuinta Brunson, Danielle DeadwylerMichael B. Jordan and Jonathan Majors.

Now in its fifth year, the celebration will recognize 15 categories as part of a special night honoring standout achievements in Black filmmaking and television.

“The Celebration of Black Cinema & Television has grown tremendously over the last five years,” said CCA CEO Joey Berlin. “We’re thrilled to be able to recognize such outstanding projects across both film and television, and to honor these incredible actors and filmmakers for their work.”

Mescudi, the Grammy-winning, multi-platinum recording artist and actor, will be honored with the Groundbreaker Award for his starring role as Jabari in the Netflix television event, Entergalactic, which he also created.

“It has truly been a year to celebrate,” said CCA Board Member Shawn Edwards, Executive Producer of the event. “The unprecedented amount of content about the Black experience on film and television made it very difficult to choose our honorees for this milestone year. And our special Icon Award honoree, Berry Gordy, pushed open a heavy door during the ’70s and ’80s through his Motown Productions with a string of movies and TV series that helped pave the way for future Black storytellers.”

The Critics Choice Association’s Celebration of Black Cinema & Television will be hosted by veteran comedian Bill Bellamy and televised on KTLA in January and shown nationwide on Nexstar stations throughout the month of February in honor of Black History Month.

Rodrigo Sorogoyen’s “The Beasts” Wins Three Awards at Tokyo International Film Festival

Rodrigo Sorogoyen’s latest project has proved to be a beast in Japan…

The 41-year-old Spanish Goya Award-winning film director and screenwriter’s psychological thriller The Beasts has won three awards at this year’s Tokyo International Film Festival, including the Tokyo Grand Prix, best director and best actor for Denis Menochet.

Rodrigo SorogoyenThe film, which premiered in an Out Of Competition slot at this year’s Cannes Film Festival, follows a French couple who move to Spain’s Galician countryside to run an organic farm, but receive a hostile welcome from the locals.

The Tokyo Grand Prix prize comes with a cash award of Y3M (US$20,400).

Iranian filmmaker Houman Seyedi’s satirical drama World War III took the Special Jury Prize at the festival following its wins in Venice for best film and best actor in the Horizons section. Tokyo’s Special Jury Prize comes with a cash award of Y500,000 (US$3,400).

Best actress went to Aline Kuppenheim for her role in Manuela Martelli’s 1976, in which she plays a woman sheltering a man during Chile’s Pinochet dictatorship. The best artistic contribution award went to Sri Lankan film Peacock Lament, directed by Sanjeewa Pushpakumara.

The festival’s audience award went to Rikiya Imaizumi’s By The Window, about a man confronted by his wife’s affair, which was one of three Japanese films to be selected for the international competition.

In the festival’s Asian Future competition, the best film award went to Butterflies Live Only One Day, directed by Iranian filmmaker Mohammadreza Vatandoust, who was on hand to accept the award in person.

Television Academy Names Rita Moreno to This Year’s Hall of Fame Class

Rita Moreno is entering a special hall

The Television Academy has announced its 26th Hall of Fame class, with the 90-year-old Puerto Rican entertainer among the honorees.

Rita Moreno,Moreno will be joined by choreographer and actress Debbie Allen, documentarian Ken Burns, BET founder Robert L. Johnson, CBS executive Bob Daly and cinematographer Donald A. Morgan.

Moreno, an EGOT winner (Emmys, Grammys, Oscars, Tony Awards), is a two-time Emmy winner for The Muppet Show and The Rockford Files.

She has starred in series including The Electric Company, Sesame Street, Nine to Five, Oz, Cane, Happily Divorced, Jane the Virgin, and the Latinx reimagining of Norman Lear’s One Day at a Time.

Moreno’s many accolades also include the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the National Medal of Arts, the Screen Actors Guild Life Achievement Award, the Kennedy Center Honors and the Peabody Award.

Moreno is among two of the honorees who’ve already received honorary awards from the Television Academy. She was awarded a “Televisionary Award” in 2008. Allen received a Governors Award last year.

The Hall of Fame event will take place on Wednesday, November 16, at the Television Academy’s Saban Media Center in North Hollywood, California.

In addition to the induction of the 2022 Hall of Fame recipients, the event will include the presentation of the Bob Hope Humanitarian Award to actor/director/activist Sean Penn and the unveiling of new busts of four previous inductees.

“These legendary performers, creators, craftspeople and television executives are luminaries in our industry,” Frank Scherma, chairman and CEO of the Television Academy, said in a statement. “Their work has influenced and immeasurably elevated the current television landscape and culture. We are proud to induct these trailblazers into the Hall of Fame and honored to celebrate their extraordinary contributions to our industry.”

“This year’s honorees have told the American story through television in ways that will forever shape our history and culture,” said Rick Rosen, Hall of Fame selection committee chair (who is also WME co-founder and head of television). “Whether they reshaped the industry itself through visionary leadership or created pieces of work that have had a lasting legacy, these individuals will forever be remembered for the impact they’ve had on the medium.”

The 2022 Hall of Fame honorees join more than 150 individuals previously inducted into the Hall of Fame since its inception in 1984. The honors were presented every year from 1984 to 1993, but the Academy has skipped 13 years since then for various reasons. This is the first induction class since 2019.

In addition to Rosen, this year’s Hall of Fame selection committee included Marcy Carsey, Emmy-winning producer; Pearlena Igbokwe, chairman of Universal Studio Group; Peter Roth, former chairman of Warner Bros. Television Group; Nina Tassler, co-chief executive officer of PatMa Productions; and Dana Walden, chairman of Disney General Entertainment Content.

Laura Mora’s “The Kings of the World” Named Best Feature at Zurich Film Festival

Laura Mora is celebrating a golden moment…

The Colombian director’s drama The Kings of the World has won the Golden Eye for best feature film at the Zurich Film Festival.

Laura MoraThe award follows hot on the heels of the film’s triumph at the San Sebastian Film Festival exactly a week ago, where it world premiered and then won the Golden Shell for best film.

The drama follows five street kids from Medellin who set off on a dangerous trip into the Colombian hinterland, after one of them is granted the right to a piece of land taken from his family by paramilitaries, during the country’s 52-year conflict which displaced more than five million people.

The Kings of the World was produced by producer and director Cristina Gallego, whose credits include Birds of Passage and the Oscar-nominated The Embrace Of The Serpent.

The film also previously screened to professionals as part of the TIFF Industry Select line-up and heads to the Chicago Film Festival in October.

Oscar-winning Iranian director Asghar Farhadi headed up the Feature Film Competition jury, which also included Swiss director Petra Volpe, producer Daniel Dreifuss, Swedish producer Peter Gustafsson and U.K. director Clio Barnard.

“The movie was one of the first films we saw and it left us with unforgettable images and scenes,” read their jury statement.

The Kings of the World is meticulously crafted and brings us close to the young protagonists who fight for freedom and dignity. The lyrical film language infuses the harsh reality with a metaphysical dimension. It’s an important and powerful story about the marginalized in society.”