The 15th annual Lima Film Festival drew to an end last Saturday with a dark horse candidate drawing top honors. The Mexican film “El Premio” (The Prize) by first time writer-director, the Argentinean-born Paula Markovitch, took Best Picture and $5,000.
El Premio chronicles a Mexican family’s struggle to survive repression in Argentina during the military dictatorship of the late 70s and early 80s. Based on Markovitch’s own childhood memories, the story is told from the point of view of 7-year-old Ceci, who knows that she must keep her family’s secret without fully understanding what that secret is. While she tries her best to remain dutifully silent, an essay she writes unknowingly criticizing the Argentine army puts her family in danger.
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