Carlos Sorin's Minimal Stories (Historias Minimas), which made a sweep of Argentina's Oscars, the Condors, just last week (Screen Daily July 21), has won another major prize: the best picture nod from the 7th Los Angeles Latino International Film Festival (July 18-Aug 2).

A jury led by Mexican director Arturo Ripstein chose Spain's Miguel Hermoso as best director for La Luz Prodigiosa, best debut to Uruguayan film La Espera by Aldo Garay and best screenplay to Domingos de Oliveira of Brazil for Separacoes, the best picture winner at the Mar del Plata early this year. Another Brazilian film Dois Perdidos Numa Noite Suja by Jose Joffily, merited a special mention.

Sorin received his Rita Best Picture award from Argentinean actor Federico Luppi, who took home the festival's Gabi lifetime achievement award this year.