Neon Bull by Gabriel Mascaro

Neon Bull Wins at Cinema Tropical Awards; All Winners To Be Screened at Cinema Tropical Festival in New York

By 03 February, 2017

Brazilian film Neon Bull by Gabriel Mascaro was the big winner at Cinema Tropical’s recent awards show, winning Best Latin American Film of the Year. Other big gongs went to Mexican film Tempestad by Tatiana Huezo which was awarded Best Latin American Documentary Film of the Year and Santa Teresa and Other Stories directed by Dominican film-maker Nelson Carlo de los Santos, which was named Best First Film.

Arturo Ripstein took the gong for Best Director of a Feature Film for Bleak Street (La Calle de la Amargura, Mexico), with Maya Goded winning Best Director of a Documentary for Plaza de la Soledad (Mexico). Bernardo Britto’s Jacqueline (Argentine) won Best U.S. Latino Film of the Year and to round out the awards the jury gave a Special Mention for the documentary film Los Sures by Diego Echeverría.

It was the 7th Cinema Tropical Awards since they began in 2010. Each year the awards set out to “honour excellence in Latin American film-making.” It is an initiative of Cinema Tropical, who distribute, program and promote Latin American cinema across the US, and especially in New York.

From February 24th until 26th, Cinema Tropical will be showing many of the award-winning films listed above as part of the Cinema Tropical Festival 2017. The event will take place at the Museum of the Moving Image. You can see full details of the festival at

Watch the trailer for Best Feature Film winner, Neon Bull, below:


  • Best Feature Film: Neon Bull (Boi Neon, Gabriel Mascaro, Brazil)
  • Best Documentary Film: Tempestad (Tatiana Huezo, Mexico)
  • Best First Fiction Film: Santa Teresa and Other Stories (Santa Teresa y otras historias, Nelson Carlo de los Santos, Dominican Republic/Mexico)
  • Best Director, Feature Film: Arturo Ripstein, Bleak Street (La calle de la amargura, Mexico)
  • Best Director, Documentary Film: Maya Goded, Plaza de la Soledad (Mexico)
  • Best U.S. Latino Film: Jacqueline (Argentine) (Bernardo Britto, USA)
  • Special Mention, Best U.S. Latino Film: Los Sures (Diego Echeverría, USA)

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