'Gueros' Leads Mexico's Academy Awards With 12 Noms

Gueros Berlin Film Festival - H 2014

Gueros Berlin Film Festival - H 2014

Alonso Ruizpalacios' feature debut won festival prizes last year at Berlin and Tribeca.

After having made a big splash on the international festival circuit, black-and-white slackers movie Gueros has scored 12 of Mexico's Ariel Award nominations.

Writer-producer-director Alonso Ruizpalacios will vie for best picture, director, first work and original screenplay at Mexico's top film awards ceremony May 27 at Mexico City's Palace of Fine Arts. Co-produced by Gael Garcia Bernal, Gueros is a playful road movie set against a backdrop of student protests in the Mexican capital.

Gueros competed in Berlin's Panorama section last year and won best first feature. At Tribeca, it walked away with best cinematography and special jury mention for new narrative director.

In the Ariel's best picture and director categories, Gueros will go up against Morelia film fest winner Carmin Tropical; box-office hits Guten Tag, Ramon and The Perfect Dictatorship; and Las Oscuras Primaveras.

Ernesto Contreras' drama Las Oscuras Primaveras and Luis Estrada's political satire The Perfect Dictatorship each picked up 10 nominations.

Nominees for best Ibero-American picture are the Oscar-nominated Wild Tales (Argentina), Behavior (Cuba), Mr. Kaplan (Uruguay), Bad Hair (Venezuela) and Marshland (Spain).

Lifetime achievement awards will go to special effects veteran Miguel Vazquez (Aguirre, Wrath of God) and Bertha Navarro (Pan's Labyrinth), producer of several Guillermo del Toro films.

The 57th Ariel Awards ceremony will pay tribute to three screenwriters who made important contributions to Mexican cinema: Nobel Prize laureate Gabriel Garcia Marquez (Love in the Time of Cholera), Vicente Lenero (Midaq Alley) and Jose Emilio Pacheco (Hell Without Limits).