GLORIA and THE THIN YELLOW LINE Lead Mexico’s Ariel Awards

Two debut features, Gloria (pictured below) and La delgada línea amarilla / The Thin Yellow Line (pictured left) lead in nominations for the 58th edition of the Ariel Awards, Mexico’s national film award presented by the Mexican Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences. Both films received 14 nominations including for Best Film.

Gloria, the biopic of Mexican pop star Gloria Trevi, directed by the Swiss-born filmmaker Christian Keller will also be competing for Best First Film, Best Original Screenplay, Best Actress for Sofía Espinosa and Best Actor for Marco Pérez.

The Thin Yellow Line, Celso García’s drama about five financially strapped men who are hired to paint the center stripe along 120 miles of Mexican state highway, received four nominations in acting categories: Damián Alcázar for Best Actor, and Joaquín Cosío, Silverio Palacios and Gustavo Sánchez Parra for Best Supporting Actor. The film is also nominated for Best First Film, Best Cinematography, and Best Original Screenplay, among other categories.

Following closely in are Las elegidas / The Chosen Ones by David Pablos with 13 nominations, and Gabriel Ripstein’s directorial debut 600 millas / 600 Miles with 12 nominations, both of them nominated for Best Mexican Film of the Year. Completing the nominees for Best Film is Rodrio Plá’s Un monstruo de mil cabezas / A Monster With a Thousand Heads.

Competing for Best Documentary are Trisha Ziff’s El hombre que vio demasiado / The Man Who Saw Too Much, Everardo González’s El Paso, Betzabé García’s Los reyes del pueblo que no existe / Kings of Nowhere, Flavio Florencio’s Made in Bangkok and Natalia Bruschtein’s Tiempo suspendido / Suspended Time.

Four Latin American films received nomination for Best Ibero-American Film: El abrazo de la serpiente / Embrace of the Serpent by Ciro Guerra from Colombia, El clan / The Clan by Pablo Trapero from Argentina, El club / The Club by Pablo Larraín from Chile and El lobo detrás de la puerta / Wolf Behind the Door by Fernando Coimbra from Brazil.

The 58th edition of the Ariel Awards will take place in Mexico City on May 28, 2016.