Ecuadorian film wins two prizes

March 11th, 2012 - 2:25 pm ICT by IANS  

Guadalajara (Mexico), March 11 (IANS/EFE) The Ecuadorian film “Pescador” (Fisherman) was awarded Saturday two silver Mayahuel Prizes for Best Actor and Best Director at the 27th Guadalajara International Film Festival.

Festival organizer Ivan Trujillo announced those top honors for the director of the 2011 film “Pescador”, Sebastian Cordero, and actor Andres Crespo.

The prizes were awarded at the closing ceremony after nine days of activities, during which 281 short subjects and feature films were shown and which was attended by 32 directors from Britain, the national guest of honor this year. A special tribute was paid to British director Mike Leigh.

The Argentine feature film “Abrir Puertas and Ventanas” (Open Doors and Windows) by Milagros Mumenthaler took the Best Ibero-American Film award, while the 2011 movie “Los Pasos Dobles” by Spain’s Isakei Lacuesta won the Special Jury Prize.

The Chilean Francisca Gavilan won the Mayahuel for Best Ibero-American Actress for her role as the famous folklorist Violeta Parra in “Violeta Se Fue a los Cielos” (Violeta Went to Heaven) in 2011.

The Chilean-Argentine production “Vivan las Antipodas” (Long Live the Antipodes) took the silver Mayahuel for Best Feature-Length Documentary, while the film “Mia” won the Maguey Prize for Best Film with Gay Content in the first awarding of this honor.

In the category of Mexican Movies, the Mexican-American film “Mariachi Gringo”, directed by Tom Gustafson, was honored for Best Film and Best Acting for the work of Martha Higareda.

–IANS/EFE
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