Pic nabs film, director kudos

GUADALAJARA, Mexico — Festival favorite “Duck Season” (Temporada de patos) by Fernando Eimbcke took home seven Mayahuel awards Thursday and a booty amounting to $70,000 in a record-breaking sweep of the 19th Guadalajara Mexican and Iberoamerican Film Festival.

Eimbcke’s directorial debut won the film and director awards, each worth $10,000. He nabbed an additional $50,000 by winning the new JVC director kudos doled out by Guadalajara-based millionaire Jorge Vergara, producer of Alfonso Cuaron’s “Y tu mama tambien.” Eimbcke stands to gain an additional $50,000 if he takes up Vergara’s offer to make his next pic with Vergara and Cuaron’s production label, Anhelo.

Shot in black-and-white, “Patos” follows two 14-year-old boys who are left on their own one Sunday. Their tedium is disrupted when a pretty neighbor and a pizza delivery guy come knocking.

Eimbcke’s film was among several worldwide premieres of pics by first-time Mexican filmmakers, including Sergio Arau’s “A Day Without a Mexican,” which won the aud award. Televisa Cine will launch its U.S. distrib with the comedy May 14.

In the Iberoamerican section, Daniel Burman of Argentina drew the director nod and its corresponding $10,000 cash prize for drama “Lost Embrace,” a Silver Bear winner at Berlin this year. Iciar Bollain’s domestic abuse drama “Te doy mis ojos” (Take my eyes) took home the Iberoamerican film award and an audience award.

Fest opened March 19 and wrapped Thursday with Brazil’s “The Other Side of the Street,” by Marcos Bernstein, a Columbia TriStar Mexico pickup. Event boasted a more organized and better-sponsored edition this year. Televisa offered national coverage for the first time.

The second Iberoamerican market attracted more foreign buyers including reps from Miramax, Samuel Goldwyn Co., HBO, Sundance Channel, Wellspring Media as well as from Japan and Latin America. Sellers included Brazil’s Grupo Novo and Spain’s Kevin Williams.

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