The Cuban film “El acompañante” by Pável Giroud pocketed the audience award in 33rd Miami International Film Festival, considered the main tribune of Ibero-American cinema in the United States, reported today the Cuban Institute of Film Art and Industry (Icaic).
Giroud’s third feature film had previously had great success in international film festivals in Busan (South Korea), Chicago and Havana.
This film, with leading roles played by Cuban actors Yotuel Romero, a singer of the Orishas group, and Armando Miguel Gomez, shared the audioence award with the Spanish film Anacleto: Agente Secreto by Javier Ruiz Caldera.
Giroud has a prolific filmmaking career, including “La Edad de la Peseta” (2007) and “Omerta” (2008), as well as the documentaries “Manteca, Mondongo y Bacalao con pan”, “Esther Borja: Rapsodia de Cuba” and “Frank Emilio, Amor y Piano.”
The documentary “Queen of Thursdays” by Orlando Rojas and Dennis Scholl, on famed Cuban ballerina Rosario Suarez (Charin), was world premiered at the Miami Festival, held on March 4-13.
Established in 1984, the Miami International Film Festival makes emphasis on Latin American and European cinema. It includes panel discussions and cultural exchanges among filmmakers from all continents.