Larraín's JACKIE, Franco's CHRONIC, and Mendonça Filho's AQUARIUS Earn Independent Spirit Award Nods

Jackie  by Pablo Larraín 

Jackie by Pablo Larraín 

Film Independent has just announced the nominations for the 2017 Independent Spirit Awards, which include four nominations for Jackie directed by Chilean filmmaker Pablo Larraín, two for Chronic by Mexican filmmaker Michel Franco, one for Aquarius by Brazilian filmmaker Kleber Mendonça Filho, plus three nods for Chilean talent. 

Jackie, which tells the story of  grieving Jacqueline Kennedy (played by Natalie Portman) as she examines her husband's legacy as the nation mourns his death, was nominated for Best Feature and Best Female Lead, while Chilean filmmaker Larraín was nominated for Best Director and his fellow countryman filmmaker Sebastián Sepúlveda was nominated for Best Editing.

Also competing for Best Feature is Chronic directed by Franco from Mexico. British actor Tim Roth also received a nod as Best Male Lead for his protagonist role as David, a meticulous and efficient home care nurse working with terminally ill people, develops close relationships with his patients. In his private life David is awkward and reserved, which leads to him needing his patients as much as they need him.

The Brazilian film Aquarius by Kleber Mendonça Filho was nominated for Best International Film, while two Latin American film professionals were nominated for their work in Ira Sach's Little Men: Chilean actress Paulina García for Best Supporting Female, and Brazilian screenwriter Mauricio Zacharias for Best Screenplay (co-written with Sachs). 

The winners will be announced at a ceremony in Los Angeles on February 25.