Prominent Mexican Screenwriter Vicente Lenero Dies at 81

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'The Crime of Father Amaro'

Lenero penned the Oscar-nominated 'The Crime of Father Amaro,' starring Gael Garcia Bernal

The Mexican Film Institute said on Wednesday that award-winning writer Vicente Lenero has died.

In addition to the box-office hit The Crime of Father Amaro (El Crimen del Padre Amaro), Lenero's credits included Midaq Alley, featuring Salma Hayek, which got special mention at the 1995 Berlin film fest for exceptional narrative quality, and Luis Estrada's Herod's Law, considered by many to be one of the greatest Mexican political satires ever written.

The Crime of Father Amaro, a controversial look at corruption in the Catholic Church, was nominated for best foreign-language picture in 2002, but it lost to Germany's Nowhere in Africa.

Amores Perros screenwriter Guillermo Arriaga on Twitter called Lenero "a great writer, a beloved friend and a marvelous human being."