'Luz Silenciosa' takes top Ariel honors


MEXICO CITY -- Carlos Reygadas' Mennonite love story "Luz Silenciosa" ("Silent Light") shined bright Tuesday night at Mexico City's Palace of Fine Arts, where it won best picture and director at the 50th Ariel Awards ceremony.

Nominated for nine of Mexico's top film prizes, the Mantarraya-produced "Silent Light" walked away with five statuettes, including best original screenplay, cinematography and supporting actress for Maria Pankratz.

"Silent Light" made its world premiere at the Cannes Film Festival last year, where it scored the jury prize.

Best actor and actress honors went to Jorge Zarate for "Dos Abrazos" ("Two Embraces") and Irene Azuela for "Quemar los Naves" ("Burn the Bridges").

Horror film "Kilometro 31" ("Kilometer 31"), Mexico's top boxoffice grosser last year, picked up five awards in technical categories, including best special and visual effects.

Everardo Gonzalez's "Los Ladrones Viejos," a documentary about old-school Mexico City crooks, won best documentary and editing. It also was nominated for best picture, a rarity for a Mexican docu.

Best first work went to Ernesto Contreras' dark comedy "Parpados Azules" ("Blue Eyelids"), winner of the Sundance World Cinema special jury prize earlier this year.

In the Ibero-American category, the Argentine drama "XXY" got the nod.

The lifetime achievement award was handed to actress Silvia Pinal, who starred in dozens of films during Mexico's Golden Era of Cinema.

In commemoration of the Ariel's 50th anniversary, the Mexican film academy also paid special tribute to a group of below-the-line workers who have labored in the industry for 50 years.

A complete list of winners follows.

Best picture
"Luz Silenciosa"

Carlos Reygadas ("Luz Silenciosa")

Irene Azuela ("Quemar las Naves")

Jorge Zarate ("Dos Abrazos")

Supporting actress
Maria Pankratz ("Luz Silenciosa")

Supporting actor
Mario Zaragoza ("La Zona")

Original screenplay
"Luz Silenciosa"

Adapted screenplay
"Cobrador: In God we Trust"

"Luz Silenciosa"

"Los Ladrones Viejos"

Original score
"Quemar las Naves"

"Kilometro 31"

Art direction
"Morirse en Domingo"

Special effects
"Kilometro 31"

Costume design
"Kilometro 31"

"Kilometro 31"

Visual effects
"Kilometro 31"

First work
"Parpados Azules"

Full-length documentary
"Los Ladrones Viejos"

Animated feature
"La Leyenda de la Nahuala"

Ibero-American feature
"XXY" (Argentina)

Fictional short (tie)
"Fin de Trayecto"
"Ver Llover"

Short documentary
"De Motus Cordis"

Animated short
"De la Vista Nace Amor"