'Viaje Redondo,' 'Asustada' earn top honors

The 24th Guadalajara Film Festival wrapped up Friday, giving top honors to Gerardo Tort’s “Viaje Redondo” (Round Trip) and Peruvian helmer Claudia Llosa’s “La teta asustada” (The Milk of Sorrow) in the Mexican and Latin American feature film sections, respectively.

Bringing several films to the fest, indie shingle Canana’s competition entry “Voy a explotar” (I’m Going to Explode), helmed by Gerardo Naranjo, took home the prize for first work in the Latin American section, photography in the Mexican section for Tobias Datum, the Mezcal young jury prize for Mexican film and the press prize for Mexican film. In Guadalajara, the first work award may also go to a second work, as was the case for “Voy a explotar” — a follow-up to Naranjo’s “Drama/Mex.” Canana Films was founded by actors Gael Garcia Bernal and Diego Luna and is run by Pablo Cruz.

Carlos Enderle’s “Cronicas Chilangas” picked up three awards: Mexican first work; Mexican screenplay; and actor, with the performance of vet actor Patricio Castillo.

Cadereyta Films’ road-trip pic “Viaje” also garnered a female lead kudo for Teresa Ruiz in the Mexican feature section, with Magaly Solier winning for her role in dark social drama “La teta asustada” in the Latin American section. Cadereyta Films is a subdivision of Mantarraya Films, run by Jaime Romandia. Mantarraya boasts Carlos Reygadas and Amat Escalante on its roster of helmers.

Andres Parra picked up the male lead award in the Latin American section for his portrayal of a priest in conflict in “La passion de Gabriel” (The Passion of Gabriel) by Colombian helmer Luis Alberto Restrepo.

Director prizes went to Alberto Cortes for “Corazon del Tiempo” (Heart of Time) — featured at Sundance — and Spain’s Chus Gutierrez for “Retorno a Hansala” (Return to Hansala). For the purposes of the fest, Spanish and Portuguese films can also be considered in the Latin American section.

Portugal’s Vasco Pimental garnered the special jury prize and an honorable mention for sound production for “Aquele Querido Mes de Agosto” (This Dear Month of August).

At the fifth Latin American Co-production Meeting, two co-production awards went to Argentina’s Sergio Teubal for his project “El dedo” and to Leandro Fabrizzi of Puerto Rico for “Filiberto.”

A bevy of post-production awards went out with the Guadalajara Construye 3 program, including several to Chilean director Miguel Littin’s “Dawson, Isla 10″ (Dawson, Island 10) and “Apaporis. En busca del rio” (Apaporis. In Search of the River), by Colombia’s Jose Antonio Dorado Zuniga.

In addition, Jalisco state’s Academy of Cinematographers picked Fernando Lebrija’s “Amar a morir” as its top feature film, and the Intl. Federation of Film Critics chose to honor Sebastian Silva’s “La nana” (The Maid) from Chile and “Oveja Negra” (Black Sheep) by Mexico’s Humberto Hinjosa Ozcariz.

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