'Heli,' 'Golden Dream' Top Mexico's Academy Award Noms


Both pictures won prizes at the Cannes film fest last year.

MEXICO CITY – The brutal drug war drama Heli and the immigrant-themed road movie The Golden Dream each garnered 14 nominations on Monday for the Ariel Awards, Mexico's equivalent of the Oscars.

Amat Escalante's Heli, a disturbing look at drug-related violence in Mexico, competed for the Palme d'Or and won best director last year at Cannes. It will vie for the Ariel for best picture and director alongside The Golden Dream, also a Cannes winner last year in the Un Certain Regard sidebar.

Other films getting best picture nods were Claudia Sainte-Luce's tearjerker The Amazing Catfish, Fernando Eimbcke's coming-of-age drama Club Sandwich and Natalia Beristain's feature debut She Doesn't Want to Sleep Alone.

The Amazing Catfish, winner of the 2103 FIRPESCI international critics prize in Toronto, racked up seven nominations, including best picture, director and first work, while Jose Luis Valle's skillfully shot drama Workers landed six Ariel noms.

Competing for best Ibero-American film are Chile's Gloria, Argentina's Wakolda, Spain's 15 Years and One Day, Uruguay's Anina and Cuba's Melaza.

The 56th Ariel Awards will pay tribute to actress Maria Felix, one of Mexico's most iconic cinema figures. Career achievement awards will go to veteran filmmaker Arturo Ripstein (Deep Crimson) and actor Ernesto Gomez Cruz (Midaq Alley).

The ceremony takes place at Mexico City's Palace of Fine Arts on May 27.