'Oscuro Animal' Takes Honors at Guadalajara Film Festival

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'Oscuro Animal'

Special guests this year at the Mexico fest included Alfonso Cuaron, Diego Luna, Ron Perlman, Maya Rudolph and Antonio Banderas.

Oscuro Animal, a slow-burning drama about victims of Colombia’s armed conflict, and Mexican dramedy Maquinaria Panamericana shared top honors at the 31st edition of the Guadalajara International Film Festival, which concludes Sunday.

Freshman filmmaker Felipe Guerrero's Oscuro Animal (which translates as Dark Beast) won best Ibero-American picture, director, cinematography and best ensemble cast in the actress category. The film explores the lives of three women who experienced the horrors of war in Colombia.

The Mezcal Award for best Mexican picture went to Joaquin del Paso’s Maquinaria Panamericana (Panamerican Machinery), an allegory about power and corruption in Mexico. Panamerican Machinery had its world premiere at Berlin this year in the Forum sidebar section. The film also took home the FIPESCI international critics prize in Guadalajara.

El Charro de Toluquilla, a portrait of a macho mariachi singer who is HIV-positive, grabbed the audience award and best documentary. The pic, helmed by Jose Villalobos, is a recipient of the Tribeca Media Arts Fund.

The fest received numerous Hollywood guests this week.

Oscar winner Alfonso Cuaron, who resides in London, visited his native Mexico for a tribute to Felipe Cazals’ classic drama Canoa, which will become part of the Criterion Collection.

Also in Guadalajara was actor-director Diego Luna, Danny Glover and Maya Rudolph, who presented their latest work, the road movie Mr. Pig, which bowed in January at Sundance.

The Guadalajara fest handed out a career achievement award to Spanish actor Antonio Banderas. Also on hand was Ron Perlman, who regularly works with Guadalajara’s favorite son Guillermo del Toro (most notably in Hellboy).

A list of winners follows.

Best Ibero-American Picture: Oscuro Animal from Felipe Guerrero

Best Ibero-American Director: Felipe Guerrero for Oscuro Animal

Best Mexican Picture: Maquinaria Panamericana from Joaquin del Paso

Best Documentary: El Charro de Toluquilla from Jose Villalobos

Special Jury Prize: La Cuarta Compania from Amir Galvan & Mitzi Arreola

Audience Award: El Charro de Toluquilla from Jose Villalobos

Best First Work: La Granja from Angel Manuel Soto

Best Screenplay: La Puerta Abierta by Marina Seresesky

Best Actor: Adrian Ladron for La Cuarta Compania

Best Actress: Marleyda Soto, Luisa Vides Galiano & Jocelyn Meneses for Oscuro Animal

Best Cinematography: Fernando Lockett for Oscuro Animal

FIPRESCI Prize: Maquinaria Panamericana from Joaquin del Paso