Colombian film “Porfirio” won an award at Belgium film festivals L’Age d’Or and Cinedecouvertes last week, various media reported.
The L’Age d’Or award, which was first introduced in 1973, is a tribute to Luis Bunel’s masterpiece “The Golden Age.” Winners receive $7,190 dollars for creating a film that is “cinematically nonconformist.”
The Cinedecouvertes, meanwhile, seek to promote the distribution of quality films in Belgium. Two awards of $15,000 dollars are given annually to recipients.
Porfirio is based on the story of a wheelchair-bound man named Porfirio, hijacking a plane with two grenades hidden in his diaper. The director has given the story a human angle, focusing on the dreams, hopes and aspirations of the disabled man, as opposed to the violent, bloody angle of the hijacking.