Guatemala: The Film ‘Puro Mula’ Awarded at Havana Festival

A vibrant movement of Latin American film producers is flourishing and creating a 21st Century “Golden Age” of Latin American cinema. A group of film artists from across the region recently filmed the movie “Puro Mula” (see trailer here) in a suburb of Guatemala City. However, it is not yet finished due to their reduced budget [es] writes Julio Flores.

Hacer Cine en Guatemala [es] summarizes the plot, which occurs during the course of the same day. Joel Fonseca, a lazy 28-year-old, who still lives with his parents, is the star of the film. He was given the responsibility to watch over his nephew, but the child leaves the house without notice, so Joel has to go out and try to find him.

The film is directed by Enrique Pérez from the collective Best Picture System, who describe themselves as much more than just a group of young people filming a movie, as they say on their MySpace page [es]:

El Best Picture System (BPS) es un colectivo de formación y creación artística cinematográfica. Fue fundado en Marzo del 2006 por un grupo de estudiantes de la Escuela Internacional de Cine y Televisión, EICTV en san Antonio de los Baños, Cuba. El colectivo esta conformado por jóvenes de diversas culturas latinoamericanas, fomentando así, la integración de los pueblos latinoamericanos además del desarrollo de una cinematografía autóctona, innovadora y juvenil.

The Best Picture System is a collective of artistic film producing and training. It was founded in March 2006 by a group of students from the Intenational School of Film and TV, EICTV in San Antonio de los Baños, Cuba. The collective group is formed by young people from different Latin American cultures, promoting the integration of our Latin American nations and the development of an indigenous, innovative, and fresh cinematography.

In early December, “Puro Mula” was awarded with the “Latin American Post-Production Award” at the Havana Film Festival, as announced by blogger El Lugareño. Blogger Pro+ congratulates them for the film they just produced.

Puro Mula has its own blog, so stay tuned for the premiere in March 2010.

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