'The Chosen Ones' Tops Mexico's Ariel Awards


Gael Garcia Bernal and Diego Luna produced director David Pablo's second feature.

The Chosen Ones (Las Elegidas), a drama about a teenage girl forced into prostitution, on Saturday night won best picture and director at the 58th Ariel Awards, Mexico's version of the Oscars.

Produced by Canana Films, the production company of Gael Garcia Bernal and Diego Luna, The Chosen Ones had its world premiere last year in Cannes' Un Certain Regard.

Writer-director David Pablo's film grabbed five Ariels on Saturday in Mexico City, including best original screenplay, cinematography and breakthrough performance for actress Nancy Talamantes.

Also winning five awards was Gloria, Christian Keller's biopic about controversial Mexican pop icon Gloria Trevi, including best actor and actress honors for Marco Perez and Sofia Espinosa.

The biggest snub of the night was the Guillermo del Toro-produced road movie The Thin Yellow Line (La Delgada Linea Amarilla), which received 14 Ariel nominations but walked away empty-handed.

Best Ibero-American picture honors went to Ciro Guerra's Amazon jungle-set Embrace of the Serpent (El Abrazo de la Serpiente), which made history last year when it became Colombia's first film to ever receive an Oscar nomination.

Lifetime achievement awards were handed to veteran filmmaker Paul Leduc and Rosita Quintana, an actress known for her work during Mexico's golden age of cinema.

A complete winners list is below.

Best picture
The Chosen Ones (Las Elegidas)

David Pablos (Las Elegidas)

Marco Perez (Gloria)

Sofia Espinosa (Gloria)

Supporting Actor
Noe Hernandez (600 Millas)

Supporting Actress
Adriana Paz (Hilda)

Breakthrough Performance (Actor)
Martin Castro (El Jeremias)

Breakthrough Performance (Actress)
Nancy Talamantes (Las Elegidas)

Las Elegidas

Original Screenplay
Las Elegidas

Adapted Screenplay
Un Monstruo de Mil Cabezas

Ibero-American Picture
El Abrazo de la Serpiente

El Hombre Que Vio Demasiado

Animated Picture
La Increible Historia del Nino de Piedra

First Work
600 Millas

Production Design
Mexican Gangster

Costume Design
Mexican Gangster


Original Score
El Hombre Que Vio Demasiado



Special Effects
Mexican Gangster

Visual Effects
Mexican Gangster

Short Fiction Film

Short Documentary

Short Animated Film