Press 16 OCT 2019

Cesar Diaz takes the Best Director’s Award at Pingyao

Held on Wednesday October 16, the Pingyao International Film Festival Award Ceremony consecrated Cesar Diaz Best Director for Our Mothers.

Pingyao Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon International Film Festival (PYIFF) was founded by Chinese filmmaker Jia Zhang-ke and film historian Marco Müller. PYIFF celebrates the achievements of international cinema and promotes the works of young Chinese directors.

Our Mothers is Belgian-Guatemalan director César Diaz’s debute. The film was screened as part of International Critics’ Week in Cannes, where it scooped the Caméra d’Or.

The film is the Belgian entry for Best international Film at the Oscars.

Our Mothers, produced by Need Productions, is set in Guatemala, 2013. The country is riveted on the trial of the military officers who started the civil war. The victims’ testimonials keep pouring in. Ernesto, a young anthropologist at the Forensic Foundation, identifies people who have gone missing. One day, through an old lady’s story, Ernesto thinks he has found a lead that will allow him to find his father, a guerillero who disappeared during the war. Against his mother’s wishes, he flings himself body and soul into the case, looking for truth and resilience.

Our Mothers received development and production aid from the Wallonia-Brussels Federation’s Centre du Cinéma et de l’Audiovisuel, with support from Proximus, Eurimages, the Aide au cinémas du monde fund (managed by the French National Centre for Cinematography and the Institut Français), Inver Tax Shelter, the Belgian Federal Government’s Tax Shelter scheme and SACEM.