Three Mexican movies by directors Luis Mandoki, Kenya Marquez and Everaldo Gonzalez were awarded prizes Saturday by the jury of Valladolid's 57th International Film Week, or Seminci.

Greisy Mena took the prize as Best Actress for her role in "La Vida Precoz y Breve de Sabina Rivas" (The Short, Precocious Life of Sabina Rivas), by Mexican director Luis Mandoki, who in the film reproduces the state of affairs in his country of origin.

The feature-length documentary "Cuates de Australia" (Australian Buddies), by Everaldo Gonzalez, took second place in the Moment in History category thanks to his tale about life among some villagers in the northeastern Mexican state of Coahuila.

Moviemaker Kenya Marquez won an honorary mention for her film "Fecha de Caducidad" (Expiration Date), which competed in Seminci's Meeting Point category.

Marquez told Efe that the award honors not only her but also the film industry of her country, where making movies can be very difficult.

The director also believes that the honorable mention awarded her film by the jury "opens a door" for the movie's possible distribution in Spain.

The president of the international jury, Mexican director Jorge Fons, noted for his part the quality of the three prizewinning films and said that cinema in Mexico "is having a good moment."

Fons urged the directors of his country to stay on the path of making "more and better films."

Mexico was the guest-of-honor country at the 57th International Film Week of Valladolid, where a retrospective exhibition will be shown featuring Mexican films by directors from different generations. EFE