'Milk of Sorrow,' 'Round Trip' top Guadalajara

Claudia Llosa's pic named best Ibero-American film

GUADALAJARA, Mexico -- Claudia Llosa's politically tinged drama "The Milk of Sorrow" and Gerardo Tort's road movie "Round Trip" grabbed top honors Friday at the 24th annual Guadalajara International Film Festival.

Winner of best Ibero-American picture, the Peru-Spain co-production "Milk of Sorrow" -- a Golden Bear winner at February's Berlinale -- centers on a young Peruvian woman struggling to confront her fears after decades of violence in the South American nation. Wanda Vision, Oberon Cinematografica and Vela Producciones share producer credits. The film's star, Magaly Solier, nabbed best actress.

Also coming up big was Cadereyta Films' "Round Trip," winner of best Mexican picture and actress for Teresa Ruiz. Cadereyta is the commercial production division of Mantarraya, Mexican filmmaker Carlos Reygadas' shingle. The story revolves around two women who bond on a road trip.

The audience award went to the Mexican dramedy "Black Sheep," from first-time director Humberto Hinojosa. "Black Sheep" also nabbed the FIPRESCI international critics prize, as did Chile's "The Maid."

Juan Carlos Rulfo and Carlos Hagerman's "Those Who Remain" and Alejo Hoijman's "Unit 25" captured best documentaries in the Mexican and Ibero-American categories, respectively.

Other winners included Alberto Cortes, best director for "Heart of Time," and Gerardo Naranjo, best first or second work for "I'm Gonna Explode." Carlos Enderle's first feature, "Chilango Chronicles," walked away with nods for best screenplay and actor for Patricio Castillo.

Festival admissions soared to 125,000 this year, doubling last edition's attendance figures. Special guests included Eva Longoria Parker, Lou Gossett Jr., John Malkovich and Emir Kusturica, who said he will be shooting his next film in Mexico about Mexican revolutionary hero Francisco "Pancho" Villa.

For the 2010 edition, France will be the guest country of honor in Guadalajara.