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Embrace of the Serpent sweeps the Platino Awards

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- The third edition of the awards gave seven trophies to the stunning film by Colombia’s Ciro Guerra

Embrace of the Serpent sweeps the Platino Awards
Embrace of the Serpent by Ciro Guerra

Last night, the tourist paradise that is Punta del Este, Uruguay, served as the backdrop for the awards ceremony for the third Platino Awards, created by FIPCA (the Latin American Association of Film and Audiovisual Producers) and EGEDA (the Audiovisual Producers’ Rights Management Association). The undeniable victor of the evening was Embrace of the Serpent, directed by Ciro Guerra, which, in addition to snagging Best Latin American Fiction Film (it is a production between Colombia, Venezuela and Argentina), came out on top in the categories of Best Director, Best Original Music, Best Editing, Best Cinematography, Best Sound and Best Art Direction.

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Argentina’s Guillermo Francella took home the 2016 Platino Award for Best Actor for the co-production between his home country and Spain (via El DeseoThe Clan [+see also:
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, while Dolores Fonzi pocketed Best Actress for Paulina [+see also:
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 (Argentina-Brazil-France). The magnificent co-production between Guatemala and France Ixcanul Volcano [+see also:
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 picked up the Platino Award for Best First Fiction Feature and the Audience Award for Best Film.

Spain, which will bring next year’s edition of the awards ceremony to Madrid, ended up with the Best Animated Film Award, which went to the highly successful Capture the Flag [+see also:
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 by Enrique Gato. The moving The Pearl Button [+see also:
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 by Chilean director Patricio Guzmán was judged Best Documentary, while the filmmaker’s fellow countrymen Pablo Larraín, Guillermo Calderón and Daniel Villalobos were singled out for Best Screenplay for their work on The Club.

Argentina’s Ricardo Darín (who was duking it out for the Best Actor Award for Truman [+see also:
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interview: Cesc Gay
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, a film that did not manage to win a single prize) received the Lifetime Achievement Award, while the audience voted him as their favourite actor for his turn in Cesc Gay’s movie, with the audience ballots for Best Actress going to Penélope Cruz for her energetic performance in ma ma [+see also:
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(read more) by Julio MedemThe Second Mother by Brazilian director Anna Muylaert earned itself the Platino Award for Film and Education in Values.

Here is the complete list of winners of the 2016 Platino Awards:

Best Fiction Film 
Embrace of the Serpent – Ciro Guerra

Best Director
Ciro Guerra – Embrace of the Serpent

Best Screenplay 
Pablo Larraín, Guillermo Calderón and Daniel Villalobos - The Club

Best Actor 
Guillermo Francella – The Clan [+see also:
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trailer
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]

Best Actress 
Dolores Fonzi - Paulina [+see also:
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trailer
film profile
]

Best First Feature 
Ixcanul Volcano [+see also:
film review
trailer
film focus
interview: Jayro Bustamante
film profile
]
 - Jayro Bustamante

Best Cinematography 
David Gallego – Embrace of the Serpent

Best Music
Nascuy Linares – Embrace of the Serpent

Best Editing 
Etienne Boussac and Cristina Gallego – Embrace of the Serpent

Best Art Direction 
Angélica Perea – Embrace of the Serpent

Best Sound 
Carlos García and Marco Salaverría – Embrace of the Serpent

Best Documentary Film
The Pearl Button [+see also:
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]
 – Patricio Guzmán

Best Animated Film 
Capture the Flag [+see also:
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]
 - Enrique Gato

Film and Education in Values 
The Second Mother - Anna Muylaert

Lifetime Achievement Award 
Ricardo Darín

Audience Awards:

Best Actor
Ricardo Darín - Truman [+see also:
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trailer
making of
film focus
interview: Cesc Gay
film profile
]

Best Actress 
Penélope Cruz - ma ma [+see also:
trailer
film profile
]

Best Feature 
Ixcanul Volcano - Jayro Bustamante

(Translated from Spanish)

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