'The 4th Company' Tops Mexico's Ariel Awards

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'The 4th Company'

Documentarian Tatiana Huezo won best director for 'Tempestad.'

Crime drama La 4ta Compania (The 4th Company) grabbed nine of Mexico's top film prizes, including best picture and actor, Tuesday night at the 59th Ariel Awards.

Based on a true story, The 4th Company follows members of a 1970s inmate football team who participate in a crime ring while serving their prison sentences. The film exposes corruption and collusion in Mexican prisons.

Mitzi Vanessa Arreola and Amir Galvan co-directed The 4th Company, which was nominated for 20 Ariels.

Best director went to Tatiana Huezo for Tempestad, a documentary that looks at the effects of human trafficking in Mexico. Jim Stark (Down by Law) executive-produced Tempestad, which bowed at the Berlin film fest.

Venice Golden Lion winner From Afar went home empty-ended, as did Jonas Cuaron (Gravity co-writer and son of Oscar winner Alfonso Cuaron) for his immigration thriller Desierto. Both were in the running for best picture.

Isela Vega, whose film and TV career spans more than five decades, received a lifetime achievement award.

A complete winners list follows.

Best Picture

La 4ta Compania


Tatiana Huezo


Adrian Ladron and Jose Carlos Ruiz (tie: La 4ta Compania, Almacenados)


Veronica Langer (La Caridad)

Supporting Actor

Hose Alberto Melendez (Almacenados)

Supporting Actress

Adriana Paz (La Caridad)



Bit Part Actor

Hernan Mendoza (La 4ta Compania)

Bit Part Actress

Martha Claudia Moreno (Distancias Cortas)

Breakthrough Performance Actor

Paco de la Fuente (El Alien y Yo)

Breakthrough Performance Actress

Maria Evoli (Tenemos la Carne)

First Work

El Sueno del Mara'akame



Original Screenplay

Maquina Panamericana

Adapted Screenplay



La 4ta Compania


La 4ta Compania

Production Design

La 4ta Compania


La 4ta Compania & Tempestad (tie)

Visual Effects

La 4ta Compania

Special Effects

La 4ta Compania

Original Score

El Sueno del Mara'akame

Animated Short Film

Los Aeronautas

Short Documentary

Aurelia y Pedro

Lifetime Achievement

Isela Vega

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