The Costa Rica News (TCRN) – The short film Irene by Costa Rican filmmaker, Alexandra Latishev, received the award for Best Actress at the 37th Poitiers Film Festival.

This festival was held in Poitiers, France from November 28 through December 7. The judges presented the award based on the performance of Costa Rican Lili Biamonte, who starred as the protagonist Irene.

Latishev said Irene is a young twenty-something single mother working in a photocopier store. “She lives with her mother and her seven year old son. She’s having a personal crisis because she wants space where they can live independently while dealing with her sexuality,” she said.

The filmmaker also said that this film has opened doors to other countries to showcase their work. I am currently developing a feature film itself; Irene has really allowed me to show other people the kind of movies I want to do,” she added.

Irene has appeared in many film festivals. It also received the National Award for Best Fiction Short Film at the International Film Festival San José 2013; Best Short Film at the Icarus Festival 2013 in Guatemala; Jury Mention at the International Festival of New Latin American Cinema in Havana, Cuba 2013; Special Mention the Latin American Film Festival of Flanders 2013 and nominated at the 25th International Festival of Short Films Metragens of Sao Paulo, one of the most prestigious events at the Latin American level.

Alexandra Latishev plans to attend the Festival International du Marché et Métrage Court to be held in Clermon Ferrand, France, in January. (Amelia Rueda)

The Costa Rica News (TCRN)

San Jose, Costa Rica