The Chilean film El Club / The Club by Pablo Larraín leads in the nominations of the second edition of the Fénix Awards honoring the best films from Latin America, Spain, and Portugal. Larraín’s film received nine nominations (the same number as La isla mínima from Spain) including for Best Film and Best Director. The Club, Larraín’s fifth feature film which stars Roberto Farías, Antonia Zegers, Alfredo Castro, was recently announced as Chile’s Oscar submission.
Competing for Best Film of the Year are also Latin American films El abrazo de la serpiente / Embrace of the Serpent by Ciro Guerra from Colombia, and Ixcanul by Jayro Bustamante from Guatemala.
In the non-fiction competition, Allende mi abuelo Allende / Beyond My Grandfather Allende by Marcia Tambutti and El botón de nácar / The Pearl Button by Patricio Guzmán from Chile; Últimas conversas by Eduardo Coutinho and Jia Zhangke, a Guy from Fenyang by Walter Salles from Brazil; and No todo es vigilia from Hermes Paralluelo from Colombia are competing for Best Documentary Film.
The second edition of the Fénix Awards will take place November 25 in Mexico City.