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AMOROUS PANCHO VILLA won the big prize at the 2013 Madrid International Film Festival, the Best Film of the Festival along with the award for Best Foreign Language Feature. Other winners include A COMMON MAN which won the awards for Best Feature Film, Best Director for Chandran Rutnam, and Best Lead Actor for Sir Ben Kingsley,

AMOROUS PANCHO VILLA is described as “Following the underhanded murder of Pancho Villa on the outskirts of Parral, Chihuahua, on July 20, 1923, the whole city mourned his death. The wake for the revolutionary hero was held in downtown Parral, at the Hidalgo Hotel, owned by Pancho Villa, by his closest collaborators and all sorts of admirers. Standing out among the mourners were the four women with whom Cillas was having intimate relationships at the time of his death, which made for an awkward confrontation. In a conversation with the past, Luz Corral, his first wife, recognized as such by both the Mexican and US governments, offers a review of Pancho Villa’s affairs of the heart- the high spirited general marries 18 times- and military and philosophical adventures, and goes into his unusual passion and hunger for life and justice in an intimate and human portrait of the Centaur of the North. As expected, the tension between the women grows and intensifies, with the personal interests of each of them coming to the fore, culmination in a dramatic surprise ending of communion in memory of Francisco Villa.”

A COMMON MANA COMMON MAN

A COMMON MAN is a psychological thriller film starring Oscar Award winner Ben Kingsley and Ben Cross and directed by veteran film maker Chandran Rutnam. Set in Colombo, Sri Lanka, a mysterious man (Kingsley) has planted 5 bombs in the politically-scarred city that are set to explode unless four major terrorists are immediately released from prison. When he calls in his demands to the Deputy Inspector General of the Colombo Police Department (Cross), it sets in motion an ideological and deadly confrontation between the truth and duty.

The complete list of winners of 2013 Madrid International Film Festival

Best Film of the Festival
AMOROUS PANCHO VILLA
Lourdes Deschamps
Jorge Rubio Salazar
Juan Andres Bueno
Luz Maria Deschamps

Best Director
A COMMON MAN
Chandran Rutnam

Best Director of a Short Film
SOUTHERN DYSCOMFORT
Patrick McEveety

Best Director of a Foreign Film
COUNTING HAPPINESS
Venetia Evripiotou

Best Lead Actor
A COMMON MAN
Sir Ben Kingsley

Best Lead Actress
SONIA’S STORY
Alba Grigatti

Best Supporting Actor
ETERNITY
Ralph Johnson

Best Supporting Actress
BOLERO
Lucy Rayner

Jury Award
THE PREACHER’S DAUGHTER
Michelle Mower

Best Feature Film
A COMMON MAN
Paul Mason
Manohan Nanayakkara
Radha Krishnan

Best Foreign Language Feature
AMOROUS PANCHO VILLA
Lourdes Deschampes
Jorge Rubio Salazar
Juan Andres Bueno
Luz Maria Deschamps

Best Original Screenplay of a Feature Film
BETSY & LEONARD
Luke Foster

Best Unproduced Script Based on a Drama
ARBAA HADARIM
Tamar Komem

Best Unproduced Script Based on a Novel
SICILIAN SECRETS
David Healey

New Star Scriptwriting Award
HOPES NOCTURNAL & THE ABYSS OF PAIN
David Sabbath

Best Unproduced Script Based on a Historical Drama
SCOTCH VERDICT
Suzanna Stroh

Best Unproduced Short Script
DATING ALFIE
Paul Ellington

Best Short Film
HEADS UP
Alex Merkin
Robert Krakovski
Ben Carlin

Best Editing of a Short Film
DATE IN TIME
Norman Hussey

Best Original Screenplay of a Short Film
HIDE & SEEK
Cecilia Rossiter

Best Foreign Language Short
PAIN STAKING
Adolfo Martinez Perez

Best Special Effects
THE SWALLOW TAILED PAPER
Francesca Mercandelli
Paolo Luiselli

Best Producer
SURKHAAB
Vivek Kumar
Barkha Madan

Best Soundtrack
IMBOLC
Jenny McCaffrey

Best Directing of a Feature Documentary
PROJECT CENSORED: THE MOVIE
Christopher Oscar
Doug Hecker

Best Directing of a Short Documentary
FROM QUEENS TO CAIRO
Sherif Sadek

Best Feature Documentary
COWBOY CHRISTMAS
H.D. Motyl

Best Editing of a Feature Documentary
RISING ABOVE THE BLUES: THE STORY OF JIMMY SCOTT
Yoon-ha Chang
Raif Kemper

Best Short Foreign Documentary
MEMOIRS OF A SCATTERBRAIN
Jan Thijssen

Best Editing of a Feature Film
ETERNITY
Nick Swinglehurst
Alex Galvin

Talented New Director
REVOLVE
Bryan Becker
Brandon Miradi

Best Cinematography
FAT CAT
Evgeny Sinelnikov

Best Short Documentary
DELTA 180: CHANGING LIVES IN THE MISSISSIPPI DELTA
Anne Rayner

Best Music
DISSENT
Enrico Ascoli
Luigi Esposito

Best Makeup and Hair
ISN’T THIS LOVE?
Ioanna Sourmeli-Terzopoulou

Best Costume
THOSE CITY GIRLS
Suchismits Dasgupta

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