“El Crimen” Tops Mexico’s Ariel Awards
by Eugene Hernandez
Mexico’s all-time box office champion “El Crimen Del Padre Amaro” dominated the 45th annual Ariel Awards given to the country’s best films. The controversial film about a young priest (Gael Garcia Bernal) struggling with corruption among his more experienced fathers and his own carnal urges, scored nine wins including best film, best director (Carlos Carrera), and best adapted screenplay (Vincente Lenero).
The awards, which also included wins for supporting actress Angelica Aragon and supporting actors Ernesto Gomez Cruz and Damian Alcazar, are the latest vindication for the film that was condemned by the Catholic Church and anti-abortion groups. It has already grossed more than $16 million in Mexico and almost $6 million in the U.S. It was also nominated for an Oscar, a Golden Globe, and a Goya, Spain’s annual awards, as best foreign film.
“Aro Rolbukin, En La Mente Del Sesino,” the mocumentary about a Hungarian sailor in Guatemala, interviewed by two French journalists after he is sentenced to death, was the only other film to score multiple awards, including Carmen Beato for best actress and Daniel Gimenez Cacho for best actor. Lourdes Portillo’s “Senorita Extraviada,” a 2002 Sundance selection, received the best documentary feature award.