Claire Denis, Shaka King, Abner Benaim Wow at Iff Panama, Costa Rica Wins Top Prizes as Fest Stands Strong

The 10th Panama Int’l Film Festival wrapped Sunday, Dec.

5 with Michel Franco’s Acapulco-set drama “Sundown” closing the event.Winners of the rough-cut sidebar Primera Mirada were announced at closing night, which took place at festival venue, La Manzana de Santa Ana.

Costa Rican entries took home the top prizes this year, indicative of the tiny Central American nation’s outsized filmmaking talent.The Primera Mirada jury, led by Diana Sánchez, Marcelo Quesada and Paula Gastaud, bestowed the top prize to Costa Rican supernatural drama “Domingo and the Mist” by Ariel Escalante who took home the $10,000 cash prize; Mauricio Morales of El Salvador won the second cash prize of $5,000 for his docu “Milo, Breaking Frontiers.”“I’m enormously thankful to Iff Panama for having not only supported ‘Domingo and the Mist,’ both in Primera Mirada as well as in the Panama Film Match a year and a half ago,

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