Noir thriller wins film, director at Argentine awards

BUENOS AIRES — Pablo Trapero’s noir thriller “Carancho” swept the Argentine Assn. of Film Journalists’ awards, picking up the Condor de Plata for film and director, Monday.

The tale of an ambulance chaser played by Ricardo Darin also snared set and sound in Argentina’s oldest awards event.

Hector Olivera’s “El Mural” (The Mural), the account of Mexican muralist David Alfaro Siqueiros’ trip to Buenos Aires to paint a mural, was the other big winner. It scooped supporting actress, art direction, costume and cinematography.

Julieta Zylberberg picked up the actress plaudit for her perf as a high school teacher at the time of a military dictatorship in “La Mirada invisible” (The Invisible Eye). The film also snared adapted screenplay for director Diego Lerman and Maria Meira.

Daniel Araoz won actor as a squabbling neighbor in Mariano Cohn and Gaston Duprat’s “El Hombre de al lado” (The Man Next Door), which also won original screenplay for Andres Duprat, and music.

Luciano Caceres (“A Fly in the Ashes”) and Willy Lemos (“Paco”) shared the award for supporting actor, while honors for acting revelations went to Maria Laura Caccamo (“A Fly in the Ashes”) and Martin Slipak for crime thriller “Sin retorno.”

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