'Amazing Cat Fish, 'Sarah Prefers to Run' Win at Baja Film Fest

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"The Amazing Cat Fish"

The event closed Saturday with "Dallas Buyers Club."

CABO SAN LUCAS, Mexico – Mexican tearjerker The Amazing Cat Fish and the Canadian dramedy Sarah Prefers to Run shared top honors at the second edition of the Baja International Film Festival.

The Amazing Cat Fish (Los Insolitos Peces Gatos), which had its world premiere at Locarno in August, marks the feature-film debut of writer-director Claudia Sainte-Luce. The story centers on a lonely girl who is drawn into a family dealing with a terminally ill mother. The Mexico-France production won the official Mexico First competition.

Sarah Prefers to Run, a tale about a track star's sexual awakening, won the Los Cabos prize, competing in a section for fiction and documentary films from the U.S., Canada and Mexico. Written and directed by first-time French-Canadian helmer Chloe Robichaud, Sarah made its debut at Cannes in May. 

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The festival's Work in Progress and postproduction prizes went to Bernardo Arellano's The Beginning of Time (El Comienzo del Tiempo), the story of a poverty-stricken elderly couple who experience a dramatic change when their son and grandson unexpectedly reappear in their lives.

The four-day Baja fest opened with Oscar winner Juan Jose Campanella's animated soccer film Metegol and closed Saturday night with Dallas Buyers Club

Charlie Sheen was expected to attend the closing-night ceremony but canceled because of a "potentially life-threatening" plane problem.