Ernesto Contreras' I Dream in Another Language / Sueño en otro idioma was the top winner at the 60th edition of Mexico's Ariel Awards, presented by the Mexican Academy of Film Arts and Sciences, winning in six categories—out of 16 nominations—including the awards for Best Picture, Best Actor for Eligio Meléndez, Best Original Screenplay and Best Cinematography.
Filmmaker Contreras, who is also president of the Mexican Academy of Film Arts and Sciences, didn't register himself in the Best Director category, in order to avoid any potential conflict of interest. The Ariel for Best Director was presented to Amat Escalante for his film The Untamed / La región salvaje,
I Dream in Another Language follows a young linguist who arrives in a small jungle settlement hoping to record a conversation between two elderly men, the last two remaining speakers of the Zikril language. Unfortunately for him, the men are feuding and haven't spoken to each other in 50 years.
Karina Gidi was the winner of the Ariel for Best Actress for her performance as the writer Rosario Castellanos in Natalia Beristain's The Eternal Feminine / Los adioses, Everardo González The Devil's Freedom / La libertad del diablo was the winner of the Best Documentary, and the Ariel for Best First Film was for Diego Ros' The Night Guard / El vigilante. The Chilean film A Fantastic Woman was the winner of the Ariel for Best Ibero-American film.
The winners of the 60th edition of the Ariel Awards were announced last night at a ceremony in Mexico City.