The Morelia Film Festival closed Saturday with the Mexican premiere of helmer Renee Chabria’s “Sueno” and handed out five cash awards to Mexican documentaries and shorts.
Docu nod went to “Toro negro,” directed by Carlos Armella and Pedro Gonzalez Rubio, about a young bullfighter who battles alcoholism and abuses his wife.
Kudos for shorts went to “David” by Roberto Fiesco, fiction; “Teatro magico” (Magic Theater) by Jaime Munguia Ortiz, doc; “Esfera” (Sphere) by Luis Felipe Hernandez Alanis, animated; and “L’instant avant” (The Instant Before) Alvaro Zendejas, experimental.
Photography prize went to Federico Barbabosa for his work in “Casi nunca pasa nada” (Almost Nothing Ever Happens), by Juan Carlos Martin.
Winners received 50,000 pesos ($4,612), 4,000 feet of film and a trophy by Mexican sculptor Javier Marin. Photography prize was a Canon XL2 camera.
Mexican helmer Carlos Carrera was awarded $10,000 for his contributions to short films. Carrera, best known for “The Crime of Father Amaro,” has had two shorts in Cannes, including “The Hero,” which won a Palme d’Or in 1994.
Fest highlights included an homage to Chilean expat director Raul Ruiz and the premieres of nine Mexican films including “Rosario tijeras,” which has become the hit of the year in Colombia.
“Sueno” star John Leguizamo was slated to attend closing but canceled the day before the screening.
Winner: “Toro Negro” (Black Bull), Carlos Armella and Pedro Gonzalez Rubio
Honorable Mention: “Al otro lado” (To the Other Side), Natalia Almada
Special Titra Prize: “Hasta el ultimo trago … corazon!” (Till the Last Drop …Heart), Beto Gomez.
Experimental: “L’instant avant” (The Instant Before) Alvaro Zendejas
Animation: “Esfera” (Sphere), Luis Felipe Hernandez Alanis
Documentary: “Teatro magico” (Magic Theater) Jaime Munguia Ortiz
Fiction: “David,” Roberto Fiesco
Photography: Federico Barbabosa in “Casi nunca pasa nada” (Almost Nothing Ever Happens), Juan Carlos Martin
SHORT BY A MICHOACAN AUTHOR
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“La Caza” by Luz Gabriela Leveroni Castro