Romanian director Cristi Puiu’s tragicomedy “The Death of Mr. Lazarescu” snatched the feature prize at the third Mexico City Contemporary Film Festival, or Ficco, on Saturday night.
Jury awarded the feature director nod to 23-year old Chinese director Liu Jiayin for her ultra-low-budget experimental film “Niu Pi” (Oxhide). Audience feature kudos went to Spanish director Fernando Leon de Aronoa’s “Princesas.”
Awards ceremony was held in the courtyards of the 16th century Antiguo Collegio de San Ildefonso in the capital’s historic center. Twelve-day fest, sponsored by Mexico City-based exhib Cinemex, included 162 feature-length films and 111 shorts from 40 countries.
“Workingman’s Death,” directed by Austrian director Michael Glawogger, drew the documentary award, while the public prized German-born Turkish director Fatih Akin’s “Crossing the Bridge.” Latin American docu award went to the only world preem at the fest, Mexican-Uruguayan tyro Gustavo Gamou’s “La palomilla salvaje,” a portrait of a shoe shiner determined to win a rodeo.
The only Mexican film in the official feature competition, Amat Escalante’s “Sangre,” received the BBVA Bancomer award for first work.
“The Death of Mr. Lazarescu,” Cristi Puiu
Liu Jiayin for “Niu Pi” (Oxhide)
“Workingman’s Death,” Michael Glawogger
Lech Kowalsky for “East of Paradise”
PUBLIC PRIZE BEST PICTURE
“Princesas,” Fernando Leon de Aronoa
PUBLIC PRIZE DOCUMENTARY
“Crossing the Bridge: The Sound of Istanbul,” Fatih Akin
FIRST FEATURE FROM BBVA BANCOMER
“Sangre,” Amat Escalante
LATIN AMERICAN FEATURE
“Monobloc,” Luis Ortega
LATIN AMERICAN DOCUMENTARY
“La Palomilla Salvaje,” Gustavo Gamou
ROTARY INTL. PRIZE (FOR HUMAN RIGHTS PIC)
“El Ultimo Confin,” Pablo Ratto