'Ixcanul Volcano,' '600 Miles' Triumph at Guadalajara Film Fest

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'Ixcanul Volcano'

Both films recently won prizes in Berlin.

Ixcanul Volcano, the feature debut of Guatemalan writer-director Jayro Bustamante, took best Ibero-American picture and best director at the 30th edition of the Guadalajara International Film Festival on Saturday.

Winner of the Berlin Alfred Bauer Prize in February, the docu-fiction hybrid Ixcanul Volcano depicts the hardships of living in a poor Mayan village in western Guatemala, underscored with a shocking ending. The cast consists mostly of nonactors.

Also a winner at Berlin for best first feature award, Gabriel Ripstein’s arms trafficking drama 600 Miles walked away with best Mexican picture in Guadalajara. Tim Roth plays an ATF agent who is kidnapped by a Mexican gun runner (Kristyan Ferrer).

Guadalajara’s audience award went to La Delgada Linea Amarilla (The Thin Yellow Line), a road movie from first-time director Celso Garcia.

Maite Alberdi’s La Once (Tea Time), a film that celebrates Chile’s tea time ritual, grabbed best documentary.

Argentine helmer Natalia Bruschtein won the FIPRESCI international critics prize for El Tiempo Suspendido (Suspended Time), a documentary about a woman’s struggle for social justice in Argentina.

Italy was the guest country of honor this year. The festival highlight was a visit from Mexican filmmaker Guillermo del Toro, who co-founded the festival. Del Toro gave a masterclass and a press conference during a brief visit to his hometown of Guadalajara.

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