Morelia Film Fest: Transgender Drama 'Carmin Tropical' Wins Top Prize
Road movie "Gueros" grabs audience award, best first work
Rigoberto Perezcano's Carmin Tropical, a crime drama that explores sexual intolerance in an unusual Mexican town, won best picture at the 12th edition of the Morelia International Film Festival.
Carmin Tropical unfolds in Juchitan, a southern Mexico town known for its Muxe (transgender) community.
Also coming up big in Morelia was Alonso Ruizpalacios' Gueros, a black-and-white comedy about Mexican slackers on a quest to find a washed-up musician. Gael Garcia Bernal has an associate producer credit.
Gueros won best first feature at Berlin, the Horizons Award in San Sebastian and best cinematography (Damian Garcia) in Tribeca.
Matria, an odd tale about a man who organized an army of Mexican cowboys to fend off a possible Nazi invasion during WWII, nabbed best documentary.
Morelia opened with Alejandro G. Inarritu's Birdman.
International guests this year included Inarritu, Juliette Binoche, Homesman executive producer Michael Fitzgerald, award-winning Polish director Pawel Pawlikowski (Ida), Amos Gitai (Free Zone) and Hubert Sauper (Darwin's Nightmare).