Ariel spotlight falls on 'Luz' with 9 noms

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MEXICO CITY -- Carlos Reygadas' Mennonite love story "Luz Silenciosa" (Silent Light) made some noise Wednesday, garnering nine nominations for the 50th annual Ariel Awards, Mexico's top film prize.

Produced by Reygadas' shingle Mantarraya Producciones, "Light" got Ariel nods for best picture, director, original screenplay and actress for newcomer Miriam Toews. It has picked up kudos at various international film festivals, including the Jury Prize at Cannes in 2007.

Also receiving multiple nominations was Paul Leduc's anti-globalization drama "Cobrador: In God We Trust." The film received noms for best picture, director and actor for Lazaro Ramos.

The third and most surprising entry for best picture was Everardo Gonzalez's documentary "Los Ladrones Viejos," which grabbed four nominations, including best director. "Ladrones" features interviews with old-school crooks from Mexico City. Seldom do documentary films here compete for best picture and director.

Thanks to a recent surge in production, members of the Mexican film academy had a considerable number of pictures to choose from this year. A total of 16 films were culled from a field of 30.

"Mexican cinema is going through a good moment right now," academy president Pedro Armendariz said. "Now we want the Ariels to help put these films on the export market."

This year, the Ariel celebrates its 50th anniversary. Armendariz said the academy will pay tribute to a special group of below-the-line workers who have labored in the industry for 50 years. The lifetime achievement award will go to Mexican actress Silvia Pinal, who starred in dozens of films during Mexico's Golden Age of Cinema.

The ceremony will take place at Mexico City's Palace of Fine Arts on March 25.

A complete list of nominees follows.




BEST PICTURE
Luz Silenciosa
Los Ladrones Viejos
Cobrador: In God we Trust

DIRECTOR

Luz Silenciosa (Carlos Reygadas)
Los Ladrones Viejos (Everardo Gonzalez)
Cobrador: In God we Trust (Paul Leduc)

ACTRESS
Miriam Toews (Luz Silenciosa)
Cecilia Suarez (Parpados Azules)
Irene Azuela (Quemar las Naves)

ACTOR
Lazaro Ramos (Cobrador: In God we Trust)
Jorge Zarate (Dos Abrazos)
Enrique Arreola (Parpados Azules)
Alan Chavez (Partes Usadas)

ACTRESS IN SUPPORTING ROLE

Mariana Moro (Drama/Mex)
Mayra Serbulo (La Zona)
Maria Pankratz (Luz Silenciosa)

ACTOR IN SUPPORTING ROLE
Alan Chavez (La Zona)
Mario Zaragoza (La Zona)
Silverio Palacios (Morirse en Domingo)

ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY
Cochochi
Luz Silenciosa
Partes Usadas

ADAPTED SCREENPLAY
Cementerio de Papel
Cobrador: In God we Trust
La Zona

CINEMATOGRAPHY
Cobrador: In God we Trust
Luz Silenciosa
Morirse en Domingo

EDITING
Cobrador: In God we Trust
Los Ladrones Viejos
Luz Silenciosa

ORIGINAL SCORE
Kilometro 31
La Leyenda de la Nahuala
Quemar las Naves

SOUND
Cobrador: In God we Trust
Kilometro 31
Luz Silenciosa

ART DIRECTION
Cobrador: In God we Trust
Morirse en Domingo
Quemar las Naves

SPECIAL EFFECTS
Canitas
Kilometro 31
Malos Habitos

COSTUME DESIGN
Kilometro 31
Luz Silenciosa
Parpados Azules

MAKEUP
Kilometro 31
Morirse en Domingo

FIRST WORK
Cochochi
Parpados Azules
Partes Usadas

FULL-LENGTH DOCUMENTARY
Los Ladrones Viejos
Mi Vida Dentro
Bajo Juarez

ANIMATED FEATURE
La Leyenda de la Nahuala

IBERO-AMERICAN PICTURE
Elite Squad (Brazil)
XXY (Argentina)
Satanas (Colombia)

SHORT FILM (FICTION)
Destapalo
Fin de Trayecto
Senas particulares
Ver Llover

ANIMATED SHORT
Balance Cosmico
De la Vista Nace Amor
Sindrome de Linea Blanca

SHORT FILM (DOCUMENTARY)
De Motus Cordis
La Mutilacion de San Pedro, segun San Xavier
Mago...El Misterio de la Vida

VISUAL EFFECTS
Kilometro 31
Malos Habitos
Morirse en Domingo
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