'Blue Eyelids,' 'Bad 'Habits' takes top prizes
MEXICO CITY — Mexican tyros took top prizes at the 22nd Guadalajara Intl. Film Festival on Friday, with Ibero-American picture going to dark comedy “Blue Eyelids” and the Mexican feature award handed to drama “Bad Habits.”
“Blue Eyelids,” a first effort from Ernesto Contreras from a script by his brother Carlos Contreras, follows the romance of two lonely strangers. The Agencia SHA/Foprocine/Estudios Churubusco/New Art Digital co-production also took best Ibero-American script and the local-youth jury Mezcal prize. Film piqued much interest from other fests, but no distribution deals have closed.
“Bad Habits,” is the debut by Simon Bross, one of Mexico’s most successful commercial ad directors. Dark drama follows a family torn apart by diverse eating disorders. Film was co-written by Bross and Ernesto Anaya and produced by Bross’ ad firm GB y Asociados, Altavista Films and Santo Domingo Films. Gussi Artecinema will distrib in Mexico.
Ibero-American director prize went to Brazilian Paulo Caldas for drama “Happy Desert,” while Enrique Begne was named Mexican helmer for “Two Love Stories,” also co-produced by Altavista and set for Mexican release by Gussi.
The feature debut of Brazilian docu director Chico Teixeira “Alice’s House” was awarded the Fipresci (Intl. Federation of Film Critics) prize, and also nabbed Carla Ribas actress for her role as an isolated mother in a family of sex-obsessed men.
“Used Parts,” the debut by Mexican helmer Aaron Fernandez about an adolescent who turns to crime to pay a smuggler to take him to the U.S., won first Mexican feature.
First Ibero-American picture went to “What I Know of Lola,” a tale of a lonely voyeur’s obsession, by Spanish director Javier Rebollo.
The audience award went to Mexican three-part comedy “Angels, Flowers and Fuentes,” a first effort by Guadalajara-based directors Pancho Rodriguez, Hector Rodriguez and Rodolfo Guzman.
Mexican selection showcased young talent, with eight out of the 12 features in competition coming from first-time directors. Some of the country’s most promising new films, such as Carlos Reygadas’ “Stellet licht,” were being held for Cannes.
Film production in Mexico has been surging. Fest received 35 Mexican feature submissions this year compared to less than a dozen last year, a 70% increase.
With a new tax incentive for film investment taking effect this year, a further 20 to 30 films are expected to be produced, which would drive national production to more than 70 films this year.
More than $600,000 in prizes were handed out during the nine-day fest, including a new pitching market prize from Spanish pubcaster TVE.
Festival director Jorge Sanchez, a former director and producer in his second year at the helm, is striving to make Guadalajara the top market in the region and a force for driving co-productions.
Festival introduced this year new Films in Progress awards, based on competitions in Toulouse and San Sebastian fests, which handed out post-production and distribution prizes worth some $175,000
IBERO-AMERICAN SELECTION PICTURE
“Blue Eyelids,” Ernesto Contreras, Mexico
SPECIAL JURY PRIZE
“Alice’s House,” Chico Teixeira, Brazil
“What I Know of Lola,” Javier Rebollo, Spain
Paulo Caldas for “Happy Desert,” Brazil, Germany
Carlos Contreras for “Blue Eyelids,” Mexico
Carla Ribas for “Alice’s House,” Brazil
Selton Mello for “Drained,” Brazil
Daniel Aranyo for “The Distance,” Spain
“Bad Habits,” Simon Bross
Aaron Fernandez for “Used Parts”
Enrique Begne for “Two Love Stories”
“Angels, Flowers and Fuentes,” Pancho Rodriguez, Hector Rodriguez and Rodolfo Guzman, Mexico
FIPRESCI”Alice’s House,” Chico Teixeira, Brazil
MEZCAL LOCAL-YOUTH JURY PRIZE
“Blue Eyelids,” Ernesto Contreras, Mexico
“Accident,” Cao Guimaraes and Pablo Lobato
“Old Thieves. Artegio’s Legends,” Everardo Gonzalez
“Beijo de Sal,” Fellipe Gamarano, Brazil
IBERO-AMERICAN ANIMATED SHORT
“Niebla,” Emilio Ramos, Spain
“Tiene la tarde ojos,” Hari (Carlos Sama)
“Nomadak Tx,” Raul de la Fuente, Spain
JALISCO FILM ACADEMY BEST SHORT
“Senas particulares,” Kenya Marquez, Mexico
FILMS IN PROGRESS PRIZES (Cine en Construccion Toulouse-Guadalajara) GARCIA RIERA PRIZE “Personal Belonging,” Alajandro Brugues, Cuba
RUBEN GAMEZ PRIZE
“El viaje de Teo,” Walter Doehner Pecanin, Mexico
“El camino de Ishtar,” Yasin Gutierrez, Costa Rica ENDS