Cinema Tropical Awards Announces the Nominations for its 7th Annual Edition

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Cinema Tropical Announces the Nominees for the 7th Annual Cinema Tropical Awards Honoring the Best Latin American Films of the Year

BLEAK STREET (Mexico), EL MOVIMIENTO (Argentina), EMBRACE OF THE SERPENT (Colombia), I PROMISE YOU ANARCHY (Mexico), and NEON BULL (Brazil), Vie for the Cinema Tropical Award for Best Fiction Film

Twenty-three films from eight countries have been nominated in the 7th annual edition of the Cinema Tropical Awards, honoring the best Latin American film productions of the year in six different categories: Best Feature Film; Best Documentary Film; Best Director, Feature Film; Best Director, Documentary Film; Best First Film; and Best U.S. Latino Film.

The five films competing for the Cinema Tropical Award for best fiction film of the year are Bleak Street by Arturo Ripstein (Mexico), El Movimiento by Benjamín Naishtat (Argentina), Embrace of the Serpent by Ciro Guerra (Colombia), I Promise You Anarchy by Julio Hernández Cordón (Mexico), and Neon Bull by Gabriel Mascaro (Brazil).

The documentary films nominated for best of the year are Damiana Kryygi by Alejandro Fernández Mouján (Argentina), The Man Who Saw To Much by Trisha Ziff (Mexico), Plaza de la Soledad by Maya Goded (Mexico), Tempestad by Tatiana Huezo (Mexico), and The Wind Knows I’m Coming Home by José Luis Torres Leiva (Chile).

The five nominees for Best U.S. Latino film of the year are: H.O.M.E. by Daniel Maldonado, Jacqueline (Argentine) by Bernardo Britto, Los Sures by Diego Echevarria, Lucha Mexico by Alex Hammond and Ian Markiewicz, and When Two Worlds Collide by Heidi Brandenburg and Mathew Orzel.

The winners of the 7th Annual Cinema Tropical Awards will be announced at a special reception at The New York Times Company headquarters in New York City on Friday, January 13, 2017. The winning films will be showcased as part of the Cinema Tropical Festival at Museum of the Moving Image this winter. All the films under consideration had a minimum of 60 minutes in length and premiered between April 1, 2015 and March 31, 2016.


Best Feature Film
•    Bleak Street (La calle de la amargura, Arturo Ripstein, Mexico)
•    El Movimiento (Benjamín Naishtat, Argentina)
•    Embrace of the Serpent (El abrazo de la serpiente, Ciro Guerra, Colombia)
•    I Promise You Anarchy (Te prometo anarquía, Julio Hernández Cordón, Mexico)
•    Neon Bull  (Boi Neon, Gabriel Mascaro, Brazil)

Best Director, Fiction Film:
•    Federico Veiroj, The Apostate (El apóstata, Uruguay)
•    Arturo Ripstein, Bleak Street (La calle de la amargura, Mexico)
•    Ciro Guerra, Embrace of the Serpent (El abrazo de la serpiente, Colombia)
•    Nelson Carlo de los Santos, Santa Teresa and Other Stories (Santa Teresa y otras historias, Dominican Republic/Mexico)
•    Marília Rocha, Where I Grow Old (A cidade onde envelheço, Brazil)

Best First Fiction Film:
•    Land and Shade (La tierra y la sombra, César Augusto Acevedo, Colombia)
•    Oscuro Animal (Felipe Guerrero, Colombia)
•    Santa Teresa and Other Stories (Santa Teresa y otras historias, Nelson Carlo de los Santos, Dominican Republic/Mexico)
•    Siembra (Ángela Osorio and Santiago Lozano, Colombia)
•    Where I Grow Old (A cidade onde envelheço, Marília Rocha, Brazil)

Best Documentary Film:
•    Damiana Kryygi (Alejandro Fernández Mouján, Argentina)
•    The Man Who Saw To Much (El hombre que vio demasiado, Trisha Ziff, Mexico)
•    Plaza de la Soledad (Maya Goded, Mexico)
•    Tempestad (Tatiana Huezo, Mexico)
•    The Wind Knows I’m Coming Home (El viento sabe que vuelvo a casa, José Luis Torres Leiva, Chile)

Best Director, Documentary Film:
•    Carlos Nader, JL’S Passion (A Paixão de JL, Brazil)
•    Maya Goded, Plaza de la Soledad (Mexico)
•    Tatiana Huezo, Tempestad (Mexico)
•    Iván Osnovikoff, Bettina Perut, Surire (Chile)
•    José Luis Torres Leiva, The Wind Knows I’m Coming Home (El viento sabe que vuelvo a casa, Chile)

Best U.S. Latino Film:
•    H.O.M.E. (Daniel Maldonado, USA)
•    Jacqueline (Argentine) (Bernardo Britto, USA)
•    Los Sures (Diego Echevarría, USA)
•    Lucha Mexico (Alex Hammond and Ian Markiewicz, USA)
•    When Two Worlds Collide (Heidi Brandenburg and Mathew Orzel, USA/Peru)

2016 JURY:
Carlos Aguilar, film critic and journalist; Fábio Andrade, film critic and screenwriter; Ela Bittencourt, film critic and programmer; Eric Hynes, Associate Curator of Film, Museum of the Moving Image; Toby Lee, film scholar, NYU; Ruth Somalo, Associate Programmer, DOC NYC; Michael Gibbons, Director of Digital Platforms, Film Society of Lincoln Center; Manuel Betancourt, film critic and journalist; Cynthia López, film creative strategist and Former Commissioner, NYC Mayors Office of Media and Entertainment.

The Cinema Tropical Awards are presented in partnership with The New York Times Company’s Latino Network, and the Museum of the Moving Image, and are made possible with the support of Vilma Vale-Brennan. Additional support provided by the Mexican Cultural Institute of New York. Hotel Sponsor: Hôtel Americano. Media Sponsor: Remezcla. Cinema Tropical’s programs are made possible with public funds from the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature. Special thanks to Andrea Betanzos, and Clementina Mantellini.

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About Cinema Tropical and the Cinema Tropical Awards: New York-based Cinema Tropical (CT) [] is the leading presenter of Latin American cinema in the U.S. Founded by Carlos A. Gutiérrez and Monika Wagenberg in 2001 with the mission of distributing, programming and promoting what was to become the biggest boom of Latin American cinema in decades, CT has brought U.S. audiences some of the first screening of films such as Amores Perros and Y Tu Mamá También. Through a diversity of programs and initiatives, CT is thriving as a dynamic and groundbreaking 501(c)(3) non-profit media arts organization experimenting in the creation of better and more effective strategies for the distribution and exhibition of foreign cinema in this country.  The Cinema Tropical Awards were created in 2010 to honor excellence in Latin American filmmaking, and it is the first international award entirely dedicated to honoring the artistry of recent Latin American cinema. In its inaugural year, the Awards were given to the Ten Best Latin American Films of the Aughts.