Beristáin and González-Rubio Win Morelia


The debut feature by Natalia Beristáin Egurrola No quiero dormir sola / She Doesn't Want to Sleep Alone (pictured) won the prize for Best Mexican Feature Film at the 10th edition of the Morelia Film Festival which ran November 3-11 in Mexico. The film, which had its World premiere at the last edition of the Venice Film Festival, tells the story of Amanda, a young woman forced to take care of her alcoholic grandmother.

The prize for Best Mexican Documentary Film went to Pedro González-Rubio's Inori, a portrait of a small mountain community in Japan that's undergoing changing lifestyles. This is the third major prize for González-Rubio in Morelia having also won the prize for Best Documentary in 2005 for Toro Negro (co-directed with Carlos Armella), and the prize for Best Feature Film in 2010 for Alamar.

The jury gave two Special Mentions in the documentary competition to Eugenio Polgovsky's Mitote and Diego Gutiérrez's Partes de una familia. The Audience Award went to I Hate Love by Humberto Hinojosa, while Michelle Ibaven's No hay lugar lejano received the prize for Best Documentary Film Made by a Woman.