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'The Prize' Tops Mexico's Ariel Awards

The Prize El Premio - H 2013
"The Prize (El Premio)"

The indie film is Paula Markovitch's directorial debut.

MEXICO CITY -- Paula Markovitch's aptly titled The Prize (El Premio), a drama set during Argentina's dirty war, won top honors Tuesday evening at the 55th Ariel Awards ceremony.

Writer-director Markovitch's The Prize won Mexico's top film award for best picture, first work, original screenplay and editing. Winner of two Silver Bear awards in Berlin, the Kung Works production has fared well on the festival circuit, although it's struggled at the Mexican box office. 

The film academy gave best director to Rodrigo Pla for his Uruguay-set drama La Demora (The Delay), which also walked away with an Ariel for adapted screenplay.

Best Ibero-American picture went to Pablo Berger's fairy tale drama Blancanieves, the big winner at this year's Goya Awards in Spain. 

Winners list:

BEST PICTURE

El Premio

DIRECTOR 

La Demora (Rodrigo Pla)

ACTOR

El Fantastico Mundo de Juan Orol (Roberto Sosa)

ACTRESS

El Sueno de Lu (Ursula Pruneda)

SUPPORTING ACTOR

Colosio, El Asesinato (Daniel Gimenez Cacho)

SUPPORTING ACTRESS

La Vida Precoz y Breve de Sabina Rivas (Angelina Pelaez)

FIRST WORK

El Premio

IBERO-AMERICAN PICTURE

Blancanieves (Spain)

DOCUMENTARY

Cuates de Australia

ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY

El Premio

ADAPTED SCREENPLAY

La Demora

EDITING

El Premio

CINEMATOGRAPHY

El Fantastico Mundo de Juan Orol

SPECIAL EFFECTS

La Vida Precoz y Breve de Sabina Rivas

VISUAL EFFECTS

Depositarios

SOUND

Cuates de Australia

ORIGINAL SCORE

Carriere 250 Metros

MAKEUP

Colosio, El Asesinato

COSTUME DESIGN

El Fantastico Mundo de Juan Orol

ART DESIGN

La Vida Precoz y Breve de Sabina Rivas

ANIMATED SHORT

La Noria

FICTION SHORT

La Tirica o Como Curar la Tristeza

DOCUMENTARY SHORT

La Herida Se Mantiene Abierta