‘Father’ sires 9 Ariel wins

Alcazar, Aragon, Cruz take home statuettes

MEXICO CITY — Helmer Carlos Carrera’s controversial cassock ripper “El Crimen del Padre Amaro” (The Crime of Father Amaro) dominated Tuesday’s 45th Ariels, Mexico’s film awards, winning nine statuettes, including movie and director.

Gael Garcia Bernal vehicle, which caused a scandal in pious Mexico with its story of a dissolute Catholic priest, also picked up Ariels for supporting actor (Damian Alcazar) and actress (Angelica Aragon), cameo actor (Ernesto Gomez Cruz), sound (Santiago Nunez, Mario Martinez and Nerio Barberis), editing (Oscar Figueroa), costume (Mariestela Fernandez) and adapted screenplay (Vicente Lenero).

“I dedicate this Ariel to the Catholic priests, the genuine ones and those in the closet,” Lenero told local media after the glitterfest.

“El Crimen” smashed the national B.O. record for a Mexican movie last year.

“Aro Tolbukhin — en la mente del asesino” (Aro Tolbukhin: In the Mind of the Murderer), a dark film based on a true story, defied its abysmal box office (it took just $10,000 following its December bow) to pick up seven Ariels including actor (Daniel Gimenez Cacho), actress (Carmen Beato) and original screenplay (Agustin Villaronga, Lydia Zimmerman and Isaac Racine).

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