‘Amanda’ Takes Home Best Int’l Film at 15th Sanfic

Variety | 8/25/2019 | Anna Marie de la Fuente
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SANTIAGO, Chile French director Mikhael Hers’ “Amanda” scooped up the Best Int’l Film award Saturday (Aug. 24) at the 15th Santiago Int’l Film Fest (Sanfic), which reported a 20% audience uptick in the past two years and continues to grow its reputation as the most vibrant and prominent film festival in the Latin America’s Southern cone.

Hailed by Variety critic Guy Lodge as a “nourishingly classical tear-jerker as well as a glowing valentine to Paris’s endurance in the age of modern terrorism,” Hers’ third feature has been collecting a raft of trophies since its world premiere at Venice last year, including Venice’s Golden Lantern Award as well as the Grand Prix and Best Screenplay awards at Tokyo.

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Colombia’s Alejandro Landes, best known for his career-launching drama, “Porfirio,” snagged the best director prize for “Monos,” his apocalyptic vision of a rebel group of teenagers in the jungle, while young actress Helena Zengel took home the best actor prize for her extraordinary performance in “System Crasher” as a nine-year old whose extreme behavior strains social workers and her mother alike.

The Best Chilean Film award went to Joanna Reposi Garibaldi’s documentary “Lemebel,” winner of the Teddy Award at the Berlinale, which weaves evocative archive footage, talking-head interviews and grainy home movies to present a moving portrait of the late Chilean performance artist, writer and LGBT activist, Pedro Lemebel.

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