Cuban film Juan de los Muertos Nominated for Goya Award

Madrid, Spain –  Cuban film Juan de los Muertos, directed by Alejandro Brugues, was selected among thirteen works competing for the Goya Award for best Latin American film.

 The academic Guillermo Maldonado released the list of movies that will compete for the coveted award given annually by the Academy of Arts and Cinematographic Sciences of Spain.

This prize was instituted in 1986 to reward the best professionals in each of the different specialties of filmmaking. The fiction film Juan de los Muertos, the first Cuban movie that tackles the subject of zombies, is a 100 minutes horror comedy directed by Brugués in 2010.

The film was co-produced by The Zanfoña Productions, of Spain, 5th Avenue Productions, Cuba, and with the participation of the Cuban Institute of Cinematographic Art and Industry (ICAIC), the South Channel and Spanish Television.

The cast includes actors Alexis Diaz de Villegas, Eliezer Ramirez, Andros Perugorría, Jorge Molina, and Andrea Duro.

In September 2011, it won the Second Audience Award in the Film Festival Fantastic in Austin, Texas, in the United States, and also won the Fanomenon Audience Award in the International Film Festival of Leeds, in the United Kingdom.

Another films competing for the Goya are Siete Cajas (Seven boxes), by Juan Carlos Maneglia and Tana Schémbori, Paraguay; Después de Lucía (After Lucia), by Michel Franco, Mexico, and Febre do Rato, by Cláudio Assis, Brazil. Infancia Clandestina, by Benjamin Avila (Argentina-Brazil-Spain), Joven y Alocada, by Marially Rivas (Chile), La Playa, DC, by Juan Andres Arango (Colombia) and Patas Arriba, by Alejandro García Wiedeimann (Venezuela-Colombia-Brazil) also compete for the statuette.

The list closes with Tres Marias, by Francisco Gonzalez (Costa Rica); Tres, by Paul Stoll (Uruguay), Cielo Oscuro, by Manuel Mur, (Peru); Florbela, by Vicente Alves (Portugal), and Pescador, by Sebastián Cordero (Ecuador). On Sunday February 10, 2013 will be held the ceremony of the awards, consisting of a bronze bust of Francisco de Goya, by the sculptor José Luis Fernández.

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