'Post Mortem,' 'The Prize' Take Top Honors at Guadalajara Film Fest

 

GUADALAJARA, Mexico -- Pablo Larrain's dark love story Post Mortem and Paula Markovitch's dirty war drama El Premio shared top honors on Friday at the 26th edition of the Guadalajara International Film Festival. 

Winner of best Ibero-American picture, Post Mortem is the third feature of Chilean writer-director Larrain (Tony Manero). Set against the background of Chile's 1973 military coup, Post Mortem centers on a twisted love story between a morgue clerk and an aging dancer. Funny Balloons handles international sales for the Chile-Mexico-Germany co-production.

FILM REVIEW: The Prize (El Premio)

Taking home the prize for best Mexican picture was the aptly titled El Premio, aka The Prize. El Premio is the story of a mother and daughter who must go into hiding during Argentina's dirty war era. The film had it worldwide premiere at the Berlin Film Festival earlier this year, where it won two Silver Bears for outstanding artistic achievement in camera work and production design. El Premio is Argentine-born writer-director Markovitch's first feature. Prior to taking the director's chair, she co-wrote screenplays with indie filmmaker Fernando Eimbcke (Temporada de Patos, Lake Tahoe). France's U Media handles sales for El Premio

Other awards handed out Friday include best director for Fernando Leon de Aranoa's Spanish drama Amador and Mexican helmer Odin Salazar's drama Burros (Donkeys). Los Inadapatados (The Misfits), a comedy featuring segments from four different directors, nabbed the audience award.

In the documentary sections, Patricio Guzman's critically acclaimed Nostalgia de la Luz (Nostalgia for the Light) got the nod in the Ibero-American category, while freshman director Jacaranda Correa's Morir de Pie (Die Standing Up) came out on top among Mexican docs.

For best first fiction work, the juries chose Sergio Teubal's dark comedy El Dedo (The Finger) for the Ibero-America section and Iria Gomez's heist flick Asalto al Cine (The Cinema Hold Up) for the Mexican competition.

With a market that features more than 1,000 titles, Guadalajara is one of Latin America's top film industry events. New organizers came in this year and shook things up with new festival headquarters and screening venues. They also added a significant number of titles to the Mexican fiction section, with 14 features in competition, yet relatively few generated significant buzz.

New festival director Ivan Trujillo told reporters at a Friday news conference that the England will be the guest country at next year's festival.

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