×
You will be redirected back to your article in seconds

Mexican acad hands out Ariels

'Mezcal,' 'Vueltas' nab six kudos each

See winners

MEXICO CITY — Mexico’s film academy split its highest honors between “Mezcal,” which took the Ariel for picture, and “Las vueltas del Citrillo,” which nabbed the director Ariel for Felipe Cazals. Both films won six nods each.

“Mezcal,” helmed by Ignacio Ortiz and produced by Ortiz, Javier Patron Fox, Carlos Carrera’s Malayerba Producciones and Santo Domingo Films, also won cinematography, editing, sound, music and art design. Inspired by Malcolm Lowry’s novel “Under the Volcano,” “Mezcal” follows a group of lost souls who end up in a cantina, drowning their sorrows in agave moonshine.

“Las vueltas del Citrillo,” Cazals’ 20th feature, marked his return to fiction after a six-year absence. Pic also won for actor Damian Alcazar and supporting actor Jose Maria Yazpik, as well as original screenplay for Cazals, makeup and costume design. Set at the beginning of the 20th century before the Mexican Revolution, pic shows the bitter camaraderie of the poor who gather at a neighborhood “pulqueria,” or bar serving another agave variant.

Mexican cinematographer Ricardo Benet’s first feature, “Noticias lejanas” (News From Afar), co-produced by Mexican film school Centro de Capacitacion Cinematografica (CCC), won the first work prize as well as actress and supporting actress.

In a sign of the tough times facing the Mexican film industry, none of the three films, each co-produced with funds from the government’s art film fund Foprocine, has yet had commercial distribution.

While production rose nearly 50% from 2004 to 53 features in 2005, only 23 Mexican pics were released locally last year. That was five more than in 2004, but average B.O. per film dropped nearly 44%.

Indie distrib Decine will put out “Mezcal,” but “Citrillo” and “Noticias,” which bowed last year at the Guadalajara fest, are still looking for a decent deal.

First-time doc maker Tin Dirdamal won the docu Ariel for “De nadie,” his portrait of the misery endured by Central American migrants crossing Mexico to get to the U.S.

Lifetime achievement Ariels were given to film and telenovela producer Ernesto Alonzo, 87 and to the CCC and Mexico’s other main film school, the CUEC.

And the winners are…

PICTURE
“Mezcal”

DIRECTOR
Felipe Cazals
, “Las vueltas del Citrillo”

FIRST WORK
Ricardo Benet
, “Noticias Lejanas”

ACTRESS
Mayahuel del Monte
, “Noticias lejanas”

ACTOR
Damian Alcazar
, “Las vueltas del Citrillo”

SUPPORTING ACTRESS
Gina Moret
, “Noticias lejanas”

SUPPORTING ACTOR
Jose Maria Yazpik
, “Las vueltas del Citrillo”

ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY
Felipe Cazals
, “Las vueltas del Citrillo”

ADAPTED SCREENPLAY
Juan Carlos Valdivia
, “American Visa”

CINEMATOGRAPHY
Serguei Saldivar Tanaka
, “Mezcal”

EDITING
Sigfrido Barjau, David Torres, Ignacio Ortiz Cruz
, “Mezcal”

SOUND
Samuel Larson, Pablo Fernandez, Antonio Diego, Ernesto Gaytan
, “Mezcal”

MUSIC
Lucia Alvarez
, “Mezcal”

ART DESIGN
Gloria Carrasco, Lizette Ponce
, “Mezcal”

MAKEUP
Elvia Romero
, “Las vueltas del Citrillo”

COSTUME DESIGN
Adriana Olivera Pontelin
, “Las vueltas del Citrillo”

DOCUMENTARY FEATURE
“De nadie”
, Tin Dirdamal

FICTION SHORT
“El violin”
, Francisco Vargas

DOCUMENTARY SHORT
“Bajo la tierra”
, Lola Ovando and Juan Manuel Sepulveda

IBEROAMERICAN PICTURE
“Sumas y restas,”
Victor Gaviria (Colombia)

More Film

  • (L to R) Marco Graf as

    2018 Los Angeles Film Critics Association Awards Winners

    Members of the Los Angeles Film Critics Assn. are meeting today to vote on the year’s best cinema accomplishments. Recent winners of the group’s top prize include “Call Me by Your Name,” “Moonlight,” “Spotlight,” “Boyhood,” “Her”/”Gravity” and “Amour.” List of winners below. Check back throughout the morning for updates. Best Film: Best Director: Best Actor: Related [...]

  • Ralph Breaks the Internet

    Box Office: 'Ralph Breaks the Internet' Narrowly Defeats 'Grinch' in Sleepy Pre-Holiday Weekend

    Disney’s “Ralph Breaks the Internet” topped a quiet weekend at the domestic box office, marking the third straight win for the animated sequel. It earned $16.2 million in its third week of release, generating $140 million since it opened over Thanksgiving. Another cartooned adventure almost gave “Ralph” a run for its money. Illumination and Universal’s [...]

  • John KrasinskiVariety Actors on Actors, Day

    John Krasinski on 'A Quiet Place': Casting A Deaf Actress Was 'Non-Negotiable'

    John Krasinski’s debut feature “A Quiet Place” tells the story of a family with a deaf child, and the “Jack Ryan” star wanted to make sure he included a deaf actor in the film. “It was a non-negotiable thing for me,” Krasinski told Rosamund Pike of the casting during their conversation for Variety‘s “Actors on [...]

  • Rosamund Pike John Krasinski

    John Krasinski and Rosamond Pike on Vulnerability and Decompressing After Tense Scenes

    John Krasinski and Rosamund Pike sat down for a conversation for Variety’s Actors on Actors. For more, click here.  In “Gone Girl,” Rosamund Pike proved she could put herself through anything. The British actress, a well-loved supporting player in “Pride & Prejudice” and “An Education,” took the lead and scored her first Oscar nomination. Four years later, [...]

  • Aquaman

    'Aquaman' Rules Overseas Box Office With $94 Million in China

    “Aquaman” launched with a massive $93.6 million in China, marking the best start for a Warner Bros. title in that territory. The superhero adventure — directed by James Wan and starring Jason Momoa as the king of the seven seas — isn’t opening in North America for another two weeks, but the studio wanted to [...]

  • (L to R) MAHERSHALA ALI and

    Scores from 'Green Book,' 'Solo,' Others Disqualified from Oscar Race (EXCLUSIVE)

    First-round voting is underway for Oscar’s Original Song and Original Score categories, but Academy music-branch voters are discovering that four talked-about scores are missing from the eligibility list. Music for “Solo: A Star Wars Story,” “Green Book,” “Mandy” and “The Other Side of the Wind” has been disqualified for various reasons, Variety has learned. More [...]

  • Zack Mulligan and Keire Johnson appear

    'Minding the Gap' Wins Top Award From International Documentary Association

    Bing Liu’s skateboarding movie “Minding The Gap” has won the International Documentary Association’s award for top feature of 2018. Floyd Russ’s “Zion” was awarded best short. Netflix’s “Wild Wild Country” won for best limited series and HBO’s “John McCain: For Whom the Bell Tolls” took the ABC News VideoSource Award. PBS’ “POV” won for best curated [...]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content