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Eliza Hittman’s “Never Rarely Sometimes Always” won the top prize at Mexico’s Los Cabos Film Festival, adding the award to a brace of trophies dating back this year to a Silver Bear at Berlin and the U.S. Dramatic Special Jury Award in Sundance.

Tipped as a contender in 2021’s Oscar race, teen drama “Never Rarely Sometimes Always” was hailed by Variety as a “quietly devastating gem,” “both of a piece with, and a significant step forward from” Hittman’s prior youth-in-crisis works “Beach Rats” and “It Felt Like Love.”

Mexican writer-director Bruno Santamaría Razo’s “Things We Dare Not Do” won Los Cabos’ Cinecolor-Shalalá Award. The second doc feature from Bruno Santamaría Razo whose debut “Margarita” won a Mezcal Prize special mention at the 2016 Guadalajara Festival, “Things We Dare Not Do,” sits on the borderlands between documentary and fiction, it tells the story of a gay teen’s life in a Mexican village ravaged by homophobia and homicide; which makes his decision to come out to his parents all the more courageous and affecting.

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Things We Dare Not Do Courtesy of Los Cabos

Santamaría’s film has so far won best documentary at the Chicago Festival and Chile’s Viña del Mar Festival among other kudos.

A U.S.-Mexico-Azerbaijan co-production, “In Between Dying,” directed by Hilal Baydarov scooped an Art Kingdom Award. Produced by Baydarov and Elshan Abbasov, co-produced by celebrated Mexican director Carlos Reygadas, “Dying” is executive produced by Danny Glover. A dream parable which premiered in Venice, it charts an existential journey of a serial killer through Azerbaijani landscapes.

The feature debut of New York-based Xavier J. Velasco, “The Eye of the Days” nabbed the best project CTT Exp & Rentals Award for a mystery thriller about a man who stumbles on a manuscript that depicts events from his own past life.

Other industry awards went to Carlos Lenin’s “Dios y la cumbia del Diablo” and “Las Hostilidades,” by M. Sebastian Molina. “Diablo” tracks an accordionist who sells his soul to the Devil, a hitman who loves cumbia. Doc feature “Hostilidades” depicts a family living in a small village regarded as one of the most dangerous places in Mexico.

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In Between Dying Courtesy of Los Cabos


Los Cabos Competition
“Never Rarely Sometimes Always,” (Eliza Hittman, U.S.)

Cinecolor-Shalalá Award
“Things We Dare Not Do,” (Bruno Santamaría Razo, Mexico)

Art Kingdom Award
“In Between Dying,” (Hilal Baydarov, Mexico, U.S.)

Gabriel Figueroa Film Fund Awards


CTT Exp & Rentals Award
“The Eye of the Days,” (Xavier J. Velasco)

Piano Award
“Dios y la cumbia del Diablo,” (Carlos Lenin)

Chemistry Award
“Oasis,” (Faride Schroeder)

Chemistry Award
“Dios y la cumbia del Diablo”

Gabriel Figueroa Film Fund – Work In Progress

Cinecolor México-Shalalá Award
“Las Hostilidades,” (M. Sebastian Molina)