LA JAULA DE ORO Tops Mexico's Ariel Awards


La jaula de oro / The Golden Dream (pictured), the debut feature film by Spanish-born director Diego Quemada Diez was the big winner at the 56th edition of Mexico's Ariel Awards winning in nine of the 14 categories for which was nominated, including the prizes for Best Film and Best First Film.

La jaula de oro, which narrates the odyssey of three young Central American immigrants in their journey through Mexico in their way to the United States, was also awarded with the prize for Best Actor, Best Original Screenplay, and Best Cinematography.

The non-professional cast was also awarded with acting awards, Rodolfo Domínguez was the winner of the Ariel for Best Supporting Actor and Guatemalan-born Brandon López (pictured below right) was the recipient of the Ariel for Best Actor.

The award for Best Director was presented to Amat Escalante for his acclaimed film Heli. The Best Documentary award went to Roberto Fiesco's Quebranto, while the Chilean film Gloria by Sebastián Lelio was the winner of the Ariel for Best Ibero-American film. Actors Ernesto Gómez Cruz and Ignacio López Tarso, as well as director Arturo Ripstein were presented with the Golden Ariel Awards for their film careers.

The winners of the 56th Ariel Awards were presenting this evening at a ceremony at the Fine Arts Palace in Mexico City.