'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

Winners List

IBERO-AMERICAN SELECTION PICTURE

“Blue Eyelids,” Ernesto Contreras, Mexico

SPECIAL JURY PRIZE

“Alice’s House,” Chico Teixeira, Brazil

FIRST FEATURE

“What I Know of Lola,” Javier Rebollo, Spain

DIRECTOR

Paulo Caldas for “Happy Desert,” Brazil, Germany

SCRIPT

Carlos Contreras for “Blue Eyelids,” Mexico

ACTRESS

Carla Ribas for “Alice’s House,” Brazil

ACTOR

Selton Mello for “Drained,” Brazil

CINEMATOGRAPHY

Daniel Aranyo for “The Distance,” Spain

MEXICAN SELECTION

PICTURE

“Bad Habits,” Simon Bross

FIRST WORK

Aaron Fernandez for “Used Parts”

DIRECTOR

Enrique Begne for “Two Love Stories”

OTHER AWARDS

AUDIENCE AWARD

“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

IBERO-AMERICAN DOCUMENTARY

“Accident,” Cao Guimaraes and Pablo Lobato

MEXICAN DOCUMENTARY

“Old Thieves. Artegio’s Legends,” Everardo Gonzalez

IBERO-AMERICAN SHORT

“Beijo de Sal,” Fellipe Gamarano, Brazil

IBERO-AMERICAN ANIMATED SHORT

“Niebla,” Emilio Ramos, Spain

MEXICAN SHORT

“Tiene la tarde ojos,” Hari (Carlos Sama)

FEISAL PRIZE

“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

SINGIS-OCLACC PRIZE

“El camino de Ishtar,” Yasin Gutierrez, Costa Rica ENDS

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