‘Chinese’ takes away top Sur prize

'Aballay' nabs eight at Argentine awards

BUENOS AIRES — “Un Cuento chino” (Chinese Takeaway), a cross-culture buddy comedy with strong box office in Argentina and Spain, snared the 2011 Sur Award for film from the Argentine Film Arts and Sciences Academy.

The Sebastian Borensztein-directed comedy also took actor for Ricardo Darin and supporting actress for Muriel Santa Ana.

The bounty of the awards, which were announced late Monday, went to “Aballay, el hombre sin miedo” (Aballay, the Man without Fear), Argentina’s candidate for the foreign-language Oscar. The Western revenge tale went away with eight kudos, including director for Fernando Spiner, lead actress for Moro Anghileri, supporting actor for Claudio Rissi, adapted screenplay, cinematography, set design, art and music.

Santiago Mitre’s politically charged “El Estudiante” (The Student) scooped debut feature, original screenplay and breakout actors for Romina Paula and Esteban Lamothe.

Leandro Ipina’s historical tale “Revolucion, el cruce de los Andes” took costume and makeup, while Carlos Sorin’s suspense thriller “El Gato desaparece” took sound. Documentary went to Julian D’Angiolillo’s “Hacerme feriante” (Become a Stallholder) for an exploration into a huge black market on the outskirts of Buenos Aires.

The academy picked “Black Swan” by Darren Aronofsky for foreign film.

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