The Cuban film 'Vinci' (2011), a movie written and directed by Eduardo Del Llano filmmaker, recently won the Best Screenplay category award at the 40th edition of Gramado International Film Festival. This festival took place in Rio Grande del Sur, Brazil, which is the third tourist destination in Latin America.
Vinci also earned an honorable mention for Best Music category. This was the first film directed by Del Llano, who has been the screenwriter of some Cuban movies such as "Alicia en el pueblo de Maravillas" or "Alice in Wonderland" (1991), "La vida es silbar" or Life is like whistling (1998), "Hacerse el sueco" or "To pretend not to have heard" (2000), "Perfecto amor equivocado" or " Perfect -wrong love" (2004), Madrigal (2006) and Lisanka (2009).
The Argentine composer Osvaldo Montes, who composed music of the films "El lado oscuro del corazon" (the dark side of the heart) and "Cenizas del paraíso" (Ashes of Paradise), directed the soundtrack of this film and music was played by Cuban antique music group called Ars Longa.
The film 'Vinci', which was produced by the Cuban Institute of Cinematographic Art and Industry (ICAIC), deals with the experiences Leonardo da Vinci had in prison, when he was a young man. The movie story reflects a little known period of this famous Italian Renaissance painter.
The Gramado Film Festival is held annually in August. Its top prize, the Kikito de Oro, is a crafted statue created by artist Elizabeth Rosenfeld. A Cuban film had not been in the competition for eight years.