Chilean pic lights victory cigar at Habana fest

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Pablo Larrain's "Tony Manero," a Chilean drama about a murderous thug and nightclub performer who loves "Saturday Night Fever," has been awarded the top prize at the 30th annual Habana Film Festival.

Runner-up in the fest's juried Coral Awards is "Linha de Passe," a Brazilian soccer drama co-directed by Walter Salles and Daniela Thomas. The Cuban drama "El Cuerno de la Abundancia," helmed by Juan Carlos Tabio, took third place in the feature category.

A special jury award was presented to Pablo Trapero's Argentine women's prison drama "Leonera." "La Buena Vida," a series of dramatic vignettes by Chilean filmmaker Andreas Wood, copped a jury honorable mention.

The Havana-set festival, also known as the International Festival of New Latin American Cinema, began Dec. 2. (partialdiff)
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