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Fauna directed by Nicolás Pereda
Fauna directed by Nicolás Pereda

The Mexican feature Fauna by Nicolás Pereda won the top award for Best Latin American Film of the Year at the 12th Annual Cinema Tropical Awards.

The Brazilian filmmaker Madiano Marcheti was the winner of the Cinema Tropical Award for Best Director for Madalena, while the Mexican film All the Light We Can See (Toda la luz que podemos ver) by Pablo Escoto was the winner of the award for Best First Fiction Film. The jury decided to give the award for Best Documentary to two films: Colombia’s The Calm After the Storm (Como el cielo después de llover) by Mercedes Gaviria and Argentina’s Splinters (Esquirlas) by Natalia Gayaralde.

The jury gave the Cinema Tropical Award for Best U.S. Latinx Film to Landfall by Cecilia Aldarondo and Through the Night by Loira Limbal. This marks the second time that Aldarondo takes the award for Best U.S. Latinx Film, after her debut feature Memories of Penitent Heart in 2018.

Complete List of Winners — 12th Annual Cinema Tropical Awards

Best Film: Fauna by Nicolás Pereda, Mexico/Canada.

Best Director: Madalena by Madiano Marcheti, Brazil.

Best First Fiction Film: All the Light We Can See (Toda la luz que podemos ver) by Pablo Escoto, Mexico.

Best Documentary: The Calm After the Storm (Como el cielo después de llover) by Mercedes Gaviria; and Splinters (Esquirlas) by Natalia Gayaralde, Argentina (tie).

Best U.S. Latinx Film: Landfall by Cecilia Aldarondo and Through the Night by Loira Limbal (tie).

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