Cuba's 'Behavior' Wins Grand Prize at Skip City Festival in Japan

'Behavior' Still H 2015

Director Hanae Uchida’s 'For the Love of Life: Living for Tomorrow' took the award for best Japanese film.

Behavior by Cuban director Ernesto Daranas Serrano took the grand prize at the Skip City D-Cinema festival on Sunday, while filmmaker Hanae Uchida’s For the Love of Life: Living for Tomorrow, a documentary about a Japanese man battling ALS, won the award for best Japanese film.

Set in Havana, Behavior follows the story of an 11-year-old boy named Chala who survives by training pit bulls to take care of his drug addict mother. It is Serrano’s second film. His first, Fallen Gods, was Cuba’s submission to the Academy Awards in 2008.

Mexican director Jorge Perez Solano’s La Tirisia won the best director prize, and You’re Ugly Too from Ireland’s Mark Noonan took the best screenplay award.

The fest closed July 26 after its nine-day run in the city of Kawaguchi, north of Tokyo.