PASTORELA Named Best Film at Ariel Awards, Mexico's National Film Prize

The film Pastorela by Emilio Portes was the winner of the top categories at the 54th annual edition of the Ariel Awards, Mexico's most important film prize, having won the prizes for Best Film and Best Director. Additionally, the Christmas comedy film starring Joaquín Cossío, Ana Serradilla and Lalo España, won the prizes for Best Supporting Actor, Best Original Screenplay, Best Costume Design, Best Makeup and Best Visual Effects.

Yet the greatest number of awards went to Everardo Gout's Días de gracia which won eight, including Best Actor for Tenoch Huerta and Best First Film. The award for Best Documentary was for Tatiana Huezo's El lugar más pequeño / The Tiniest Place and the award for Best Actress was for Magda Vizcaíno for her leading role in Marcelino Islas Hernández's Martha.

Pastorela was released in the U.S. by Pantelion Films last December. The Ariel Awards were announced at a ceremony took place tonight at the Fine Arts Palace in Mexico City –oddly enough it wasn't broadcasted live nor webcasted.