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American Honey, a road movie about a teen runaway who takes up with a traveling youth crew, won the official competition at Los Cabos Film Festival on Saturday.
Winner of the jury prize at Cannes earlier this year, American Honey is British writer-director Andrea Arnold’s first U.S. feature.
X500 (X Quinientos), a Mexico-Canada-Colombia co-production from Colombian filmmaker Juan Andres Arango (La Playa D.C.), won the Mexico competition section. The drama, a portrait of three young migrants living in different parts of the Americas, had its world premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival in September.
Los Cabos’ audience award went to Beauties of the Night (Bellas de Noche), director Maria Jose Cuevas’ portrait of Mexican showgirls who performed in the 1970s.
The fifth edition of Los Cabos, which closed Saturday, gave tributes to filmmaker Oliver Stone and Oscar-nominated cinematographer Rodrigo Prieto (Passengers). A lifetime achievement award was given to Italian actress Monica Bellucci, who stars in the Emir Kusturica dramedy On the Milky Road.
Also recognized with a career achievement award was Mexican producer Alex Garcia (Desierto), recipient of the Winston Baker and Hollywood Reporter Visionary Award.
Other guests visiting the Baja California resort town of Cabo San Lucas included director Julie Taymor and actors Craig Robinson and Michael Pena.
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