The Night Guard / El vigilante, the debut feature film by Mexican director Diego Ros, was the winner of the World Fiction Award at the 2017 edition of the LA Film Festival, where it had its U.S. premiere, it was announced today.
The film, which was the winner of the awards for Best Film and Best Actor at the Morelia Film Festival, follows Salvador, who works the night shift as a security guard in a construction site located on the outskirts of Mexico City. During one particular evening, while the rest of the country basks in annual festivities, Salvador tries desperately to sneak out of the site, insistent on attending an important engagement elsewhere. A series of bizarre and improbable situations, however, turn his night into a strange and unfortunate experience.
Additionally, Puerto Rican filmmaker Miguel Arteta was named the 2017 Festival’s Guest Director, as well as the recipient of this year’s Spirit of Independence award. The 2017 edition of the LA Film Festival took place June 14-22 in California.