The first Peruvian fiction film was called Negocios al Agua and was premiered on April 14, 1913 at the Cinema Teatro de Lima. Since then, after more than a century of national productions, Peruvian cinema has created many high-level films, which are recognized by critics not only in our country, but also internationally.

There are not a few national productions that have reached the most prestigious festivals and have even been acclaimed. In this list, you will be able to learn more about the classics of Peruvian cinema and which are the most awarded films throughout this history of national cinema. Check the list of the six most awarded peruvian films.

La Ciudad y Los Perros

The first novel by the Nobel Prize for Literature winner Mario Vargas Llosa was adapted to the cinema by director Francisco Lombardi in 1985. The story of the cadets of the Leoncio Prado Military College won a Silver Shell for best director at the San Sebastián International Film Festival (Spain) and an Honorable Mention at the Mannheim-Heidelberg International Filmfestival in Germany.

Pantaleon y Las Visitadoras

Another work by Vargas Llosa made into a film by Francisco Lombardi. In 1999, the story of Captain Pantaleón Pantoja was adapted for the big screen, starring Salvador del Solar and Angie Cepeda. After its premiere, the film received seven awards at the Gramado Film Festival in Brazil, including the highest award: the Kikito de Oro for Best Film. He also received the Audience Award at the Viña del Mar International Film Festival in Chile.

Paloma de Papel

The story of little Juan during the internal armed conflict that devastated the country in the 1980s and 1990s was made into a film by director Fabrizio Aguilar in 2003. The feature film was chosen as Best Film at the International Poor Film Festival (Cuba) and Best Film of the New York LaCinemaFe (United States).


This is the debut feature by director Claudia Llosa and the acting debut of Magaly Solier. The film launched two of the most important figures in current Peruvian cinema to fame. The feature film received a total of 14 national and international awards, among which those obtained at the Lima, Mar del Plata, Cartagena, Rotterdam and Sundance Film Festivals stand out.

La Teta Asustada

Another feature film, released in 2009, directed by Claudia Llosa and starring Magaly Solier, with a hard story focused on the abuses committed during the time of terrorism. The film was awarded the Golden Bear for Best Film at the Berlin Film Festival and in 2010, it was nominated for an Oscar in the category of Best Foreign Language Film, becoming the only Peruvian film to be nominated for the award. Oscar.


The film is an adaptation of the novel La Pasajera, by the Peruvian writer Alonso Cueto. Directed by Salvador del Solar and starring Magaly Solier, the film received the Cinema in Progress awards at the San Sebastián International Film Festival (Spain) and the Colón de Oro award at the Huelva Ibero-American Film Festival (Spain). In addition, it was nominated for Best Ibero-American Film at the Goya Awards.