Colombian film won at the San Sebastian Festival
"Los reyes del mundo" won the Golden Shell and the Feroz Zinemladia award.
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The Colombian film is the second feature film by Colombian Laura Mora, who began her awards career at this same festival with her debut feature 'Matar a Jesús".
With this recognition, "Los reyes del mundo" became the first Colombian film to receive the most important award in a Class A festival.
"It has been a huge effort, it was a very difficult production to make, we have been pedaling for years with this absolutely wonderful casting, which has taught us everything about life, difficulties and beauty. The last four months have been extremely difficult and this has been an encouragement not to throw in the towel", said Laura Mora after receiving the award.
The Colombian also mentioned that she hopes that "this film will serve to start a dialogue, to hopefully have the possibility of thinking about a more just world".
For its part, the Asociación de Informadores Cinematográficos de España (AICE) also presented the award for best film in its opinion.
"Los reyes del mundo', by Laura Mora, is a Feroz film," said María Guerra, spokesperson for the AICE. "Its ferocity lies in its prickly intelligence and powerful mise-en-scène, neither topical nor tearful. We admire Mora's brilliance in directing these young natural actors. They have given their life experience to compose this courageous and multifaceted work that launches many reflections on collective responsibility. We are also pleased to award a Latin American filmmaker for her second feature film.
Mora studied Film Directing and Production at the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology (RMIT) in Melbourne, Australia. After making several short films, in 2012 he co-directed with Carlos Moreno the TV series 'Escobar, el patrón del mal'; in 2014 the telefilm 'Antes del fuego' and was in charge of directing chapters for the Netflix series Frontera Verde (2019) and El Robo del Siglo (2020).
The story of "Los reyes del mundo" is framed in the 'post-conflict' after the agreement signed in 2016 by the Colombian government and the Farc guerrilla, addresses the difficulties arising from land restitution and the need for land reform in the country.