|Scene from Heli|
|Scene from La jaula de oro|
|Scene from The Amazing Catfish; Scene from Club Sandwich|
In the Best Picture category, four out of the five nominees were featured at MIFF 2014; in addition to Heli and La jaula de oro, Claudia Sainte-Luce’s The Amazing Catfish (Los insólitos peces gato) involving an ailing single mother of four, who brings misfit Claudia into her home for a “temporary“ stay, and Fernando Eimbcke’s Club Sandwich, a droll comedy of another single mother who must face her 15-year-old son’s inevitable departure from the nest when a girl his own age piques his interest.
|Director Diego Quemada-Díez (La jaula de oro) at Regal South Beach; Director Fernando Eimbcke (Club Sandwich) at Paragon Grove|
Diego Quemada-Díez and Fernando Eimbcke, both of whom were in attendance at MIFF this year, are also up for Best Director Ariels.
Also receiving multiple nominations in key craft categories were Sebastian Hofmann’s Halley and Rafa Lara’s Cinco de mayo: The Battle (Cinco de Mayo: La Batalla) both of which were featured at MIFF 2013, along with Gracia Querejeta’s 15 Years + 1 Day (15 años y 1 día) from Spain and Carlos Lechuga’s Melaza from Cuba, both of which which were nominated in the Iberoamericana Film of the Year category.
The 56th edition of the Ariel Awards, considered the most prestigious award in the Mexican motion picture industry, will take place in Mexico City on Monday, May 26th. —Tatyana Chiocchetti