'Amparo' wins at the 2022 Macondo Awards
The film by Colombian Simón Mesa also competed at Cannes Critics' Week in 2021.
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Amparo is a story set in 1998, where "Amparo, a single mother, fights to free her teenage son who has been recruited by the Army and is enlisted in a war zone. Amparo does not want her boy to be taken away. She contacts a man on the black market who can change the outcome and get his military passbook, a very common transaction in those days, but the cost is very high for a working-class single mother," reads the acclaimed Colombian film's synopsis. It is the creation of Colombian director Simón Mesa Soto.
During the recent Macondo Awards in Colombia, the film received seven awards, including Best Fiction Feature Film, Best Direction, Screenplay, Cinematography, Art Direction, Costumes and VFX.
The Secretary of Culture of Medellín, where Mesa is from, congratulated the team for the results of the election.
"Amparo, the film by Simón Mesa Soto has just been multi-awarded at the Macondo Awards in several categories, including Best Fiction Feature Film," the official wrote on Twitter.
Three other awards were given during the gala: the Audience Award, for the film Del otro lado, the Macondo Honorary Award, for Bogota director Francisco Norden, and the Macondo Award for Film Trades, which was presented to Cali-born cinematographer Eduardo 'La Rata' Carvajal.
Second place in hardware on the night was Llanto maldito, a horror film that took home three Macondo Awards to boost its HBO Max platform.
The Macondo Awards were brightened by performances by La Mambanegra and Monsieur Periné in Colombia's capital.