Tierra adentro by Mauro Colombo
Tierra adentro by Mauro Colombo

Inland (Tierra adentro) by Mauro Colombo won the Yellow Robin Award at the 8th edition of Curaçao International Film Festival Rotterdam CIFFR, IFFR’s sister festival in Curaçao. The Caribbean Shorts Award went to The Girl with Two Heads by Betzabé García.

Tierra adentro by Mauro Colombo wins Yellow Robin Award at 8th Curaçao IFFR
Tierra adentro by Mauro Colombo wins Yellow Robin Award at 8th Curaçao IFFR

Filmmaker Maura Colombo won the seventh Yellow Robin Award for the
Tierra adentro, his film about the Darién Gap, a dense and mysterious jungle that divides Panama and Colombia.

This year’s jury consisted of artist Eva den Heijer, IFFR 2019’s Young Film Critic Becca Voeckler, and IFFR’s festival director Bero Beyer. Their words on the winning film: “Although it deals with weighty political subjects like deforestation and migration, it’s not didactic. It understands that one inflammable shot speaks more than a talking head explanation. It knows there is no need for additional explanation when she’s telling the story of her perilous migration, from Africa to Latin America to the US. This is a film that understands that plural voices are what define a place, and the many perspectives they offer are what makes cinema so necessary.”

A special mention also went out to Camila Rodriguez Tirana for En cenizas. The jury described it as: “a feature that delivers a forceful meditation on trauma and loss”, and a story that left the film theatre with them.

The Girl with Two Heads by Betzabé García won the third Caribbean Shorts Competition. The short film jury, which consisted of filmmaker Breanne Thomas, film producer Pablo Baksht, and IFFR’s managing director Marjan van der Haar, praised this film for having a “precise control of the image. It refuses to waver from its strong point of view and offers a peek into the way two very different worlds choose to interpret that image for better or for worse.”

Next to being officially selected for IFFR 2020, the Yellow Robin Award Competition winner Tierra adentro by Mauro Colombo, and the Caribbean Shorts Competition winner The Girl with Two Heads by Betzabé García, will screen at Morelia International Film Festival in Mexico.

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