MEXICO CITY — “Amores Perros” (Love’s a Bitch) picked up 11 statuettes Monday at the 43rd Ariels, Mexico’s highest film honors, winning best pic as well as director and first feature nods for helmer Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu.
Gael Garcia garnered actor kudos and Gustavo Sanchez Parra was best supporting actor.
“Amores,” which tells three contrasting stories of life in Mexico City, had been expected to triumph at the ceremony, held by Mexico’s Academy of Film Arts & Sciences, after picking up more than 30 awards around the world in the last year.
It also grabbed honors for photography for Rodrigo Prieto, editing, makeup, sound, scenery and special effects.
The night’s other major winner was Maryse Sistach’s “Perfume de Violetas” (Perfume of Violets), a powerful tale of two schoolgirls’ troubled friendship in a violent Mexico City barrio, which received five awards, including actress, suppotring actress and original screenplay.