Three Indie Films in Running for Mexico's Ariel Awards

The Prize El Premio - H 2013

The Prize El Premio - H 2013

Paula Markovitch's "The Prize" has performed well on the festival circuit.

MEXICO CITY -- Paula Markovitch's dirty war drama El Premio (The Prize) will vie for best picture and director honors against Rodrigo Pla's Uruguay-set drama La Demora (The Delay) and Matias Meyer's Cristero War period piece Los Ultimos Cristeros (The Last Cristeros) at Mexico's 55th Ariel Awards ceremony.

Written and directed by newcomer Markovitch, The Prize garnered 10 nominations on Wednesday, including best first work, lead actress and original screenplay. Winner of the Silver Berlin Bear for outstanding achievement in production design and cinematography, the story centers on a mother and daughter who must go into hiding during Argentina's dirty war era. 

Also getting multiple noms were The Delay, a character-driven drama about a strained mother-daughter relationship; The Last Cristeros, set during Mexico's Cristero War; and Luis Mandoki's immigrant-themed La Vida Precoz y Breve de Sabina Rivas (The Precocious and Brief Life of Sabina Rivas). 

Michel Franco's Despues de Lucia (After Lucia), winner of the 2012 Un Certain Regard Award at Cannes, landed best actor, actress and original screenplay noms but got snubbed for best picture and director. 

Competing for best Ibero-American picture are Spain's Blancanives (Snow White), Chile's Oscar-nominated No and Ecuador's Pescador (Fisherman).

The awards ceremony will be held on May 28 at Mexico City's Palace of Fine Arts.