Helmer-scribe Carlos Reygadas’ tale of love and betrayal “Silent Light” took home five Golden Ariels including best picture, director and screenplay at the Mexican Film Academy Awards on Tuesday night.
Winner of the 2007 Cannes Jury Prize, “Silent Light” depicts the little-known world of Mennonites settled in northern Mexico and a father who risks losing his family and community to follow his heart.
The film was nominated for nine awards.
Top acting awards went out to Irene Azuela for “Quemar las naves” (Burn the Bridges) and to Jorge Zarate “Dos abrazos” (Two Embraces).
The academy gave Ernesto Contreras’ dramedy “Parpados azules” (Blue Eyelids) the prize for first work.
Another big winner was up-and-comer Lemon Films’ horror pic “Kilometro 31” (Kilometer 31) directed by Rigoberto Castaneda and which grabbed five statues in technical categories including sound, makeup and visual effects.
Also winning big, Everardo Gonzalez’s “Los ladrones viejos” (The Old Thieves) took home awards for documentary and editing.
A full list of the winners of the Ariels film awards follows:
Carlos Reygadas for “Luz silenciosa”
“Parpados azules” for Ernesto Contreras
Irene Azuela for “Quemar las naves”
Jorge Zarate for “Dos abrazos”
Maria Pankratz for “Luz silenciosa”
Mario Zaragoza for “La zona”
Carolos Reygadas for “Luz silenciosa”
Alexis Zabe for “Luz silenciosa”
Juan Manuel Figueroa for “Los ladrones viejos”
Nerio Barberis, Saul Cantero for “Kilometro 31”
Jose Alfredo Rangel, Alejandro Giacoman for “Quemar las naves”
José Luis Aguilar, Lorenza Manrique for “Morirse en Domingo”
Benito for “Kilometro 31”
Mariestela Fernández for “Kilometro 31”
Roberto Garcia, Charlie Vazques for “Kilometro 31”
Alejandro Vazques for “Kilometro 31”
“Los ladrones viejos,” Everardo Gonzalez
“La leyenda de la nahuala,” Ricardo Amaiz
FICTION SHORT (TIE)
“Fin de trayecto,” Acan Coen
“Ver llover,” Elisa Miller
“De motus cordis,” Mariana Ochoa
“De la vista nace amor,” Miguel Anaya Borja
“XXY” (Argentina), Lucia Puenzo