The film "Pastorela" triumphed at the 54th Ariel prizes for Mexican cinema by taking the award for best film on a night on which the young people of the Yo Soy 132 movement became the stars, being present in many of the winners' speeches.
"I want to thank the young people who with posters and with a couple of eggs are fighting for a country I want my son to grow up in, for a country worth fighting for," actor Tenoch Huerta, the star of the night's other big winner, "Dias de gracia," said.
Although nobody had invited them, the movement that for weeks has been filling city squares and universities and getting onto the covers of newspapers on Saturday night also turned up at the Palace of Fine Arts at a sober and gray gala, with hardly any budget and no messages other than those transmitted by the films themselves, namely that Mexican moviemakers are concerned by the wave of violence besetting the country.
The three films nominated for best picture dealt with, in one way or another, big current problems in Mexico such as violence, drug trafficking and corruption.
Coming up empty for the evening was the "narco tale" told by "Miss Bala" - nominated for best picture, director and actress - which tells the story of a young woman in the border city of Tijuana who finds herself caught up in the world of drug trafficking while pursuing her dream of becoming a beauty queen.
A big winner, however, was "Pastorela," which dealt with police and church corruption in a satirical way, garnering seven prizes for best visual effects, makeup, costumes, original screenplay, best supporting actor (Carlos Cobos), director (Emilio Portes) and film.
However, the film that won the most awards - eight - was "Dias de gracia," the first film by Mexican Everardo Gout, who also declared himself to be part of the Yo Soy 132 movement.
With the latest soccer World Cups as the framework, Gout tells in an original way the story of several kidnappings that took place during those times in which the criminals relax watching soccer and the police take advantage of that fact to deal them severe blows.
The film received the awards for best original score, sound, editing, art design, photography, first work by a director, supporting actress (Eileen Yañez) and actor (Tenoch Huerta).
Spanish moviemaking also scored a triumph with "Pa negre," directed by Agusti Villaronga, taking best Ibero-American film, even though it was released in 2010.
"You feel very good because film is very irregular and there are moments when films go unnoticed and others where they have success," the director told Efe. EFE