‘Room,’ ‘Semana Santa’ Take Cabos Film Festival Prizes

“Room” and “Semana Santa” were among the winners at the fourth Los Cabos Film Festival, which wraps Sunday. The prizes were presented Saturday night at a ceremony that also honored Ewan McGregor with the Protagonist acting award.

“Last Days in the Desert” director Rodrigo Garcia presented McGregor with the award, saying, “He lowers a director’s anxiety level,” then joked, “He’s also done a lot of full-frontal nudity, for which we’re all grateful.”

McGregor said he first met Garcia in Mexico and has developed a love for the country, travelling to many different areas. “Last Days in the Desert,” in which McGregor plays both Jesus and Satan, screened in Cabo after premiering at Sundance.

Lenny Abrahamson’s “Room” won both the audience award and the juried Cinemex Competencia award.

The festival gives out more than $425,000 in prizes, and the winner of the México Primero FOX+ award, “Semana Santa” director Alejandra Márquez, will receive $40,000. Her film about a widow and her son as they take a beach vacation with her new boyfriend premiered in Toronto.

The Discovery Prize for a project in development went to Jessica Sanders’ feature project “Picking Cotton,” set to be adapted from the bestselling book.

Additional winners include:

Premio Cinemex México Primero: “Te Prometo Anarquía” by Julio Hernández Cordón

FIPRESCI award: “Te Prometo Anarquía”

Chemistry award: “Carroña” by Sebastián Hiriart

Premio FOX+ Cabos in Progress: “La Habitación” by Carlos Carrera

Cabos in Progress award: “El Fracaso” by Ricardo Silva and Julia Pastrana

México Primero ArtKingdom award: “Almacenados” by Jack Zagha Silva

Producers Network Badge: Mayra Espinosa, producer of “Calla”

CTT EXP & Rentals Cabos Discovery award: “A Flor de Piel” by Paulina del Paso

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