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BUENOS AIRES — “Las manos” (The Hands), the tale of a healing priest, swept Argentina’s Film Arts & Sciences Academy Sur awards Tuesday, scooping eight laurels.

“Hands,” a box office favorite that marked the return of 70-year-old helmer Alejandro Doria (“Sofia”) to features after 15 years, won for film, director and lead thesps Jorge Marrale and Graciela Borges.

“Manos,” Argentina’s contender for Spain’s 2007 Goya Awards, also took art direction, sound, costume design and set design.

Israel Adrian Caetano’s “Cronica de una fuga” (Chronicle of an Escape), a contender in the official competition at this year’s Cannes festival, won three of nine noms, with Nazareno Casero taking supporting actor as well as the “revelation” award for his performance in the political thriller.

Ceremony was the first held by the 250-member academy, which was restarted in 2004 after a military regime disbanded it in 1955. It is associated with the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences.

Rodrigo Moreno’s “El custodio,” a bodyguard drama that took prizes at the Berlin, Guadalajara and Sundance fests, won the debut feature trophy.

Daniel Burman’s father-and-son drama “Ley de familia” (Family Law), Argentina’s entrant for the foreign-language Oscar nom, took original screenplay.

Woody Allen’s “Match Point” won the foreign film prize.

And the winners are:

FILM

“Las manos,” Alejandro Doria

FIRST FILM

“El custodio,” Rodrigo Moreno

DIRECTOR

Alejandro Doria,” Las manos”

ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY

Daniel Burman,” Derecho de familia”

ADAPTED SCREENPLAY

Mateo Gil and Marcelo Pineyro,” El metodo”

ACTOR

Jorge Marrale,” Las manos”

ACTRESS

Graciela Borges,” Las manos”

SUPPORTING ACTOR

Nazareno Casero,” Cronica de una fuga”

SUPPORTING ACTRESS

Maria Fernanda Callejon,” Sofa cama”

REVELATION — ACTOR

Nazareno Casero,” Cronica de una fuga”

REVELATION — ACTRESS

Marina Vilte,” Una estrella y dos cafes”

CINEMATOGRAPHY

Hugo Colace,” Una estrella y dos cafes”

SOUND

Jorge Stavropulos,” Las manos” and “Una estrella y dos cafes”

ORIGINAL MUSIC

Ivan Wyszogrod,” Cronica de una fuga”

SET DESIGN

Marcela Saenz,” Las manos”

ART DIRECTION

Margarita Jusid,” Las manos”

COSTUME DESIGN

Beatriz Di Benedetto,” Las manos”

FOREIGN FILM

“Match Point,” Woody Allen (U.S.)