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Iluminados por el Fuego
Iluminados por el Fuego picked up the prize for best narrative feature
An Argentine film about the 1982 Falklands War with the UK has won the main award at Robert De Niro's Tribeca Film Festival in New York.

Iluminados por el Fuego, or Enlightened by Fire, is about an Argentine army veteran who finds he has to revisit the horrors of the conflict 20 years on.

Industry magazine Variety called it a "potent anti-war diatribe".

The best documentary award went to War Tapes, which uses footage filmed by US National Guard servicemen in Iraq.

De Niro set up the festival in 2002 to help revitalise Manhattan after the attacks of 11 September 2001.

'Exorcise demons'

"We're very pleased with the growth of the festival," the actor said.

Iluminados por el Fuego, directed by Tristan Bauer, picked up the prize for best narrative feature.

It was "the primary film example of Argentina attempting to exorcise its 1982 Malvinas/Falklands War demons", Variety said.

Almost 650 Argentine soldiers lost their lives during the 10-week conflict over the sovereignty of the South Atlantic islands, which are known as the Malvinas in Argentina.

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