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The 58th Ariel Awards (Mexico’s version of the Oscars) is shaping up to be a big night for first-time directors.
Of the five features in the running for best picture, three come from freshman filmmakers: Celso Garcia’s dramedy The Thin Yellow Line (La Delgada Linea Amarilla), Christian Keller’s biopic Gloria and Gabriel Ripstein’s gun-running thriller 600 Miles (600 Millas).
Also vying for best picture is David Pablo’s teen prostitution drama The Chosen Ones (Las Elegidas) and Rodrigo Pla’s A Monster With a Thousand Heads (Un Monstro de Mil Cabezas).
The Guiilermo del Toro-produced The Thin Yellow Line, an offbeat dramedy about a road crew, and Gloria, a biopic about controversial pop icon Gloria Trevi, each garnered 14 Ariel nominations.
600 Miles and The Chosen Ones follow close behind with 13 noms each. 600 Miles, starring Tim Roth as a kidnapped ATF agent, nabbed best first work in Berlin last year, while The Chosen Ones, produced by Gael Garcia and Diego Luna, bowed in the Cannes Un Certain Regard sidebar.
In the category for best Ibero-American picture, Ariel nominees include Colombia’s Oscar-nominated Embrace of the Serpent, Brazil’s The Wolf Behind the Door, Chile’s The Club, Argentina’s The Clan and Spain’s Truman.
Lifetime achievement awards will go to veteran filmmaker Paul Leduc and Rosita Quintana, an actress known for her work during Mexico’s golden age of cinema.
Winners will be announced at Mexico City’s Auditorio Nacional on May 28.
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