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Ernesto Contreras’ I Dream in Another Language (Sueno en Otro Idioma), a drama about forbidden love and a dying Mexican dialect, racked up 16 nominations, including a best picture mention, for Mexico’s 60th Ariel Awards.
I Dream in Another Language made its world premiere last year at Sundance and took home the Audience Award in the festival’s world cinema dramatic competition.
Contreras, currently president of the Mexican Academy of Film Arts and Sciences, will face stiff competition in the best picture category. Other nominees include Amat Escalante’s The Untamed (La Region Salvaje), best director winner at Venice; Sebastian Hofmann’s Time Share (Tiempo Compartido), which grabbed a screenwriting prize this year at Sundance; and Everardo Gonzalez’s award-winning documentary Devil’s Freedom (La Libertad del Diablo).
Films picking up multiple Ariel noms include The Untamed, Devil’s Freedom and Tigers Are Not Afraid (Vuelven), Issa Lopez’s horror movie that has received high praise from Oscar winner Guillermo del Toro.
Chile’s Academy Award winner A Fantastic Woman will compete for best Ibero-American picture alongside Brazil’s Aquarius, Argentina’s Zama, Colombia’s La Mujer del Animal and Cuba’s Ultimos Dias en la Habana.
Career achievement honors will go to Golden Age of Mexican Cinema actress Queta Lavat and cinematographer Toni Kuhn at the awards ceremony, to be held June 5 at Mexico City’s Palace of Fine Arts.