BUENOS AIRES — Hermaphrodite drama “XXY” swept the Sur awards of the Argentine Film Arts and Sciences Academy, which unspooled Dec. 3 in Buenos Aires.
The frosh effort of novelist-screenwriter Lucia Puenzo, one of the strongest local draws at the Argentinean box office this year, took six awards in the 19 categories, including film, debut feature and director and adapted screenplay for Puenzo.
The drama, which is Argentina’s candidate in the foreign-language Oscar category and the Spanish Goya Awards, also took the revelation actress kudos for Ines Efron and supporting actor Martin Piroyansky.
Juan Taratuto’s romantic comedy “Quien dice que es facil” (Who Says It’s Easy), another crowd-pleaser, scored four awards for actress (Carolina Peleritti), supporting actress (Lidia Catalano), revelation actor (Daniel Rabinovich), and original screenplay (Pablo Solarz).
Ricardo Darin’s co-directed detective caper “La Senal,” another hit with spectators, picked up three awards as did Esteban Sapir’s sci-fi fantasy pic “La Antena” (The Aerial).
Julio Chavez scooped lead actor in “El otro” (The Other), a performance that won him a Silver Bear at Berlin this year.
This was the second ceremony held the 260-member academy, which was restarted in 2004 after a military government discontinued it in 1955. It is associated with the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences in Hollywood.
The winners are:
“XXY,” Lucia Puenzo
Lucia Puenzo, “XXY”
Julio Chavez, “El Otro”
Carolina Peleritti, “Quien dice que es facil”
Martin Piroyansky, “XXY”
Lidia Catalano, “Quien dice que es facil”
Daniel Rabinovich, “Quien dice que es facil”
Ines Efron, “XXY”
Pablo Solarz, “Quien dice que es facil”
Lucia Puenzo, “XXY”
“Argentina Latente,” Fernando “Pino” Solanas
“Cocalero,” Alejandro Landes
Marcelo Camorino, “La Senal”
Daniel Gimelberg, “La Antena”
Andres Goldstein and Daniel Tarrab, “La Senal”
Pablo Barbieri, “La Antena”
Beatriz Di Benedetto, “La Senal”
Jose Luis Diaz, “La Antena”
“The Lives of Others,” Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck (Germany)