Two Peruvian films on the shortlist for Fenix Iberoamerican Awards


Two films from Peru have achieved a remarkable place of eminence in the region by being shortlisted as pre-selected candidates in the hunt to be named the best at the First Fénix Cinema Awards.

The festival’s committee announced Wednesday the list of the 58 films eligible for nomination, in which are listed the Peruvian movies El mudo (The mute) and El espacio entre las cosas (The space between the things).

These films were screened from over 800 fictional feature films and documentaries throughout the region, in a process that took dedication from festival organizers, producers, scholars, film critics and promoters.

From the Peruvian siblings Daniel and Diego Vega, “The mute” tells the story of a Judge (Constantino Zegarra) who has earned his name as an incorruptible stalwart with an impressive conviction rate.

Impervious to sob stories and appeals, he has also earned many enemies, any one of whom could be behind a conspiracy that leaves him demoted and—after a bullet strikes him in the neck—mute.

Meanwhile, “The space between the things”, the best Peruvian film in 2013 according the Peruvian Association of Film Critics, is an experimental work directed by Raúl del Busto.

The award ceremony is scheduled to be held in October 2014 in Mexico City and will be broadcast live on E! Entertainment Television.

Organized by Cinema23, an association created in 2012 to promote, support and raise awareness for the Latin American, Spanish and Portuguese film culture, the October event is aimed at providing visibility and recognition of the cinema made in the region.Get familiar with these upcoming standouts straight from Peru.