Ariels shine on ‘Silent Light’

Carlos Reygadas' film wins five prizes

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:

PICTURE
“Luz silenciosa”

DIRECTOR
Carlos Reygadas for “Luz silenciosa”

FIRST WORK
“Parpados azules” for Ernesto Contreras

ACTRESS
Irene Azuela for “Quemar las naves”

ACTOR
Jorge Zarate for “Dos abrazos”

SUPPORTING ACTRESS
Maria Pankratz for “Luz silenciosa”

SUPPORTING ACTOR
Mario Zaragoza for “La zona”

ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY
Carolos Reygadas for “Luz silenciosa”

CINEMATOGRAPHY
Alexis Zabe for “Luz silenciosa”

EDITING
Juan Manuel Figueroa for “Los ladrones viejos”

SOUND
Nerio Barberis, Saul Cantero for “Kilometro 31”

ORIGINAL SCORE
Jose Alfredo Rangel, Alejandro Giacoman for “Quemar las naves”

ART DIRECTION
José Luis Aguilar, Lorenza Manrique for “Morirse en Domingo”

MAKEUP
Benito for “Kilometro 31”

COSTUME DESIGN
Mariestela Fernández for “Kilometro 31”

VISUAL EFFECTS
Roberto Garcia, Charlie Vazques for “Kilometro 31”

SPECIAL EFFECTS
Alejandro Vazques for “Kilometro 31”

DOCUMENTARY FEATURE
“Los ladrones viejos,” Everardo Gonzalez

ANIMATED FEATURE
“La leyenda de la nahuala,” Ricardo Amaiz

FICTION SHORT (TIE)
“Fin de trayecto,” Acan Coen
“Ver llover,” Elisa Miller

DOCUMENTARY SHORT
“De motus cordis,” Mariana Ochoa

ANIMATED SHORT
“De la vista nace amor,” Miguel Anaya Borja

IBEROAMERICAN PICTURE
“XXY” (Argentina), Lucia Puenzo

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