'Shakespeare' tops Mexico City fest


MEXICO CITY -- "Intimidades de Shakespeare y Victor Hugo," a documentary about a serial killer in Mexico City, scored three awards at the fifth edition of the Mexico City International Contemporary Film Festival.

Yulene Olaizola's "Intimidades" won the International Federation of Film Critics' prize, the Audience Award, and the Kodak Prize at the film fest's closing ceremony Saturday evening here in the nation's capital.

Also coming up big was the Mexican drama "Parque Via," from first-time director Enrique Rivero. "Parque Via," the first production of upstart shingle Una Comunion, walked away with the Audience Award and best Latin American picture. It tells the story of a hermetic caretaker looking after an abandoned Mexico City home.

Best director went to French director Serge Bozon for his WWI drama "La France." Also receiving kudos was "Liberation Day," a drama about genocide in Rwanda from Korean-American filmmaker Lee Isaac Chung. Chilean helmer Jose Luis Torres Leiva's "El Cielo, la Tierra y la Lluvia" garnered the Mexico City FICCO Prize, and the festival gave best documentary to Carlos Casas' "Hunters Since the Beginning of Time."

For best Latin American documentary, the FIPRESCI jury selected "Calle Santa Fe," a story about a political activist returning to Chile from exile.

Organizers said Mexico City's top film event drew some 80,000 spectators this year.

A complete list of winners follows:

Mexico City FICCO Prize
"El Cielo, La Tierra y la Lluvia" (fiction)
"La France" (best director for Serge Bozon)

First work
"Liberation Day"

"Hunters Since the Beginning of Time"

Director for a documentary
Dingding Ke ("Circus School")

Latin American picture
"Parque Via"

"Intimidades de Shakespeare y Victor Hugo" (Mexican documentary)
"Calle Sante Fe" (Latin American documentary)

Kodak Prize
"Intimidades de Shakespeare y Victor Hugo" (Mexican documentary)

Audience Award
"Parque Via" (fiction)
Intimidades de Shakespeare y Victor Hugo (documentary)