'Who Says It's Easy' scores four awards

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:

FILM
“XXY,” Lucia Puenzo

DIRECTOR
Lucia Puenzo, “XXY”

ACTOR
Julio Chavez, “El Otro”

ACTRESS
Carolina Peleritti, “Quien dice que es facil”

SUPPORTING ACTOR
Martin Piroyansky, “XXY”

SUPPORTING ACTRESS
Lidia Catalano, “Quien dice que es facil”

REVELATION ACTOR
Daniel Rabinovich, “Quien dice que es facil”

REVELATION ACTRESS
Ines Efron, “XXY”

ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY
Pablo Solarz, “Quien dice que es facil”

ADAPTED SCREENPLAY
Lucia Puenzo, “XXY”

DEBUT FEATURE
“XXY”

DOCUMENTARY
“Argentina Latente,” Fernando “Pino” Solanas
“Cocalero,” Alejandro Landes

CINEMATOGRAPHY
Marcelo Camorino, “La Senal”

ART DIRECTION
Daniel Gimelberg, “La Antena”

MUSIC
Andres Goldstein and Daniel Tarrab, “La Senal”

SET DESIGN
Pablo Barbieri, “La Antena”

COSTUME DESIGN
Beatriz Di Benedetto, “La Senal”

SOUND
Jose Luis Diaz, “La Antena”

FOREIGN FILM
“The Lives of Others,” Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck (Germany)

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