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JUAN FRANCISCO PARDO and RYAN ODUBER
Aruba | 2011 | 15 mins
“10 AVE MARIA” – No man is an island, it is said. In this beautifully observed film, we follow Mark, a lonely young man in search of happiness. Through his daily encounters he struggles with his desires and his fears, until at last he is forced to come face to face with himself.
Juan Francisco Pardo is an Aruban filmmaker. His first film, 10 Ave Maria, won the Jury Prize for Best Short Film at the TTFF ’11. His second film, Awa Brak, won Best Short Film at the AIFF ’12 and a Special Jury Mention at the TTFF ’12. His first feature-length film, Abo So, won Best Caribbean Spotlight Series AIFF ’13 and Best Narrative Film BIFF’14. Alto Vista is his most recent film.