Paula Markovitch's EL PREMIO Tops Mexico's Ariel Awards


El premio / The Prize by Argentinean-born director Paula Markovitch (pictured) lived up to its name as it was the big winner at the 55th edition of the Ariel Awards, Mexico's national film prize, which were given tonight at a ceremony in Mexico City. Markovitch's debut feature film received four prizes out of ten nominations: Best Film, Best First Film, Best Original Screenplay and Best Edition.

Uruguayan-born director Rodrigo Plá was the winner of the prize for Best Director for his film La demora / The Delay. The award for Best Documentary was presented to Cuates de Australia / Drought by Everardo González, which also received the prize for Best Sound.

In the acting categories, the prize for Best Actress was awarded to Úrsula Pruneda for her leading role in Hari Sama's El sueño de Lú / Lu's Dream, while Roberto Sosa was named Best Actor for his interpretation as B-movie director Juan Orol in El fantástico mundo de Juan Orol / The Fantastic World of Juan Orol by Sebastián del Amo.

Daniel Giménez Cacho (pictured right) won the prize for Best Supporting Actor for Carlos Bolado's Colosio, el asesinato / Colosio, the Assassination and Angelina Pelaez for Best Supporting Actress for Luis Mandoki's La vida precoz y breve de Sabina Rivas / The Precocious & Brief Life of Sabina Rivas. Mandoki's film, which lead with 11 nominations, only managed to win three awards.

The Mexican Academy of Film Arts and Sciences gave three Golden Ariels to filmmaker Rafael Corkidi and actors Mario Almada and Columba Domínguez