Indie Drama 'Workers' Wins Top Prize at Morelia Fest
MEXICO CITY – Jose Luis Valle's Workers, a drama about Mexico's class divide, won best picture Saturday at the 11th Morelia International Film Festival.
The Mexico-Germany co-production, which had its world premiere in the Berlinale Panorama section earlier this year, is up-and-comer Valle's feature debut.
Morelia's audience award went to the Cannes Un Certain Regard Talent Prize winner, La Jaula de Oro (The Golden Cage), a story about the hardships of U.S.-bound Guatemalan migrants. The movie also got best first work for writer-director Diego Quemada-Diez. El Cuarto Desnudo (The Naked Room), a disturbing, up-close portrait of neglected children, walked away with best documentary.
Guests in Morelia this year included Alfonso Cuaron, Quentin Tarantino, Robert Rodriguez, Danny Trejo, Edward James Olmos, John Sayles and Alejandro Jodorowsky.
During the 10-day event in Morelia, Ambulante, the traveling documentary film festival founded by actors Gael Garcia Bernal and Diego Luna, announced tours dates (Sept. 21-Oct. 4) for the Los Angeles metropolitan area. It marks the first time that the non-profit mobile fest will cross into the U.S. with its socially-minded, Mexico-focused program.
Morelia opened with Cuaron's space thriller Gravity and closed Saturday with Ridley Scott's The Counselor.