Two Argentine films, one Paraguayan and one Colombian were awarded in the first edition of the CLAP festivalthe first dedicated to the cinema of the whole of the Latin American region in Paris, the organizers reported today.
“Clementina” (2022), by Argentine filmmakers Agustín Mendilaharzu and Constanza Feldman, won the main award, the “CLaP Grand Prize”.
The comedy, which beat out seven other Latino films in competition, addresses the peculiar way a woman lives the period of covid confinement.
The award that bears the name of the prestigious Fémis film school was also awarded to Argentina. The director Laura Citarella won it with her film “Trenque Lauquen”.
The “CLaP des Universités” award (granted by a jury of three higher education institutions) was attributed to the film “Eami”, by Paraguayan director Paz Encina, while the audience award went to “Anhell69”, by Colombian director Theo Montoya.
The Paraguayan ambassador in France, Cynthia Filártiga Lacroix, collected the prize awarded to Encina, author of the celebrated “La hamaca paraguaya” (2006), presented at the Cannes festival.
This first edition of CLaP had the goal of publicizing the contemporary creation of the latin american cinema of art and essays, as well as strengthening the links and knowledge between the region and France.
Although Paris has several film competitions about certain Latin American countries, this is considered the first in the French capital that takes the entire region into account.
The closest thing that already exists in France is the CinéLatino festival, which takes place around the city of Toulouse (south), and which closed its 35th edition earlier this month.