Dominican Republic Achieves Historic Milestone at the Berlinale with Debut Silver Bear Win

Sedan.– The Dominican Republic has achieved a historic milestone at the prestigious Berlin International Film Festival (Berlinale) with the film “Pepe” directed by Nelson Carlo de los Santos Arias and produced by Tanya Valette and Pablo Lozano.

The film’s director has been awarded the coveted Silver Bear for Best Director, becoming the first Dominican to receive such distinguished recognition from one of the most prominent film festivals in the world.

This achievement marks an unprecedented moment in the history of Dominican cinema, as it is the first time that a Dominican film participates in the official competition of this renowned festival and film market.

The announcement of this recognition was made during the Berlinale awards ceremony in Berlin, Germany, and since then, important figures have echoed this significant announcement.

The victory of its director, Nelson Carlo de los Santos Arias, is a source of pride not only for the Dominican Republic but for all of Latin America, since it is the first time that a Latino has won the Silver Bear for Best Director at this festival.

This milestone reflects the commitment and skill of talented Dominican professionals in creating quality cinematographic works that captivate and move global audiences. It also highlights the growth and excellence of the country’s film industry on the global stage.

With this recognition, the Dominican Republic continues to shine on the international film scene, demonstrating its ability to compete and excel in prestigious events such as the Berlinale.

The success of “Pepe” and his team is a testament to the talent and creativity that characterize the Dominican film industry, consolidating its position in the global film panorama.

It should be noted that this film was financed through article 34 of Law 108-10 on the Promotion of Cinematographic Activity in the Dominican Republic. She was also the winner of the Fund for Cinematographic Promotion (Fonprocine) of the General Directorate of Cinema (DGCINE) in the years 2021-2022.

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