Cohn, Duprat-directed drama wins for film, director

BUENOS AIRES — “El hombre de al lado” (The Man Next Door) swept the Argentine Film Arts and Sciences Academy’s Sur awards, which unspooled late Tuesday in Buenos Aires.

Mariano Cohn and Gaston Duprat’s drama about squabbling neighbors won six of nine nominations, including film, director, original score and original screenplay for Andres Duprat. Daniel Araoz won lead actor and the revelation category for his role as an obsessive and paranoid neighbor in the pic.

“Man Next Door” is the duo’s latest pic, following “El artista” (The Artist) and “Yo Presidente” (Me the President). It will continue with “Querida, voy a comprar cigarrillos y vuelvo” (Dear, I’m Going to Buy Cigarettes and Come Right Back”) set for release in 2011.

Hector Olivera’s “El mural” (The Mural) scooped its five awards, for cinematography, set, art direction, costume and makeup. It is the truth-based tale of Mexican muralist David Alfaro Siqueiros’ trip to Buenos Aires to paint a mural.

Helmer Pablo Trapero’s noir thriller “Carancho” and director Daniel Burman’s sibling-rivalry tale “Dos hermanos” (Brother and Sister) went home empty-handed despite earning 11 and nine noms, respectively.

In October, the Academy chose “Carancho” as the country’s candidate for the foreign-language Oscar nom.

Erica Rivas won actress for her performance in “Por tu culpa” (It’s Your Fault), about a mother struggling to care for her two young boys.

Supporting actress went to Claudia Fontan for hit comedy “Igualita a mi” (Just Like Me), and the actress revelation award went to Julieta Zylberberg for “La mirada invisible” (The Invisible Eye), about a teacher’s aide out to bust students for smoking.

Miguel Cohan’s “Sin retorno,” a thriller set during the aftermath of a car crash, took debut feature and supporting actor for Martin Slipak.

Adapted screenplay went to Roberto Fontanarrosa and Rodrigo Grande for “Cuestion de principios” (A Matter of Principles), the tale of a man’s ethics put to the test.

Documentary went to Ana Fraile’s “Un fueguito, la historia de Cesar Milstein” (A Fire, the History of Cesar Milstein), about the Argentine Nobel prize winner.

The academy picked “The White Ribbon” by Germany’s Michael Haneke for foreign film.

The academy, headed by Juan Jose Campanella (“The Secret in Their Eyes”), is associated with the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences in Hollywood.

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