Miguel Albaladejo's El Cielo Abierto (Ten Days Without Love) won the top prize at the fifth Los Angeles Latino International Film Festival on Sunday. The Spanish film was named best picture by a jury composed of Pedro Armendariz Jr, Quinn Coleman, Manuel Perez Estremera and Gabriel Figueroa Jr. Albaladejo also shared the best screenplay prize with Franciso Lombardi for Tinto Roja (Red Ink) from Peru.
The awards presentations in nine different categories preceded the closing night screening of Mexican film Perfume De Violetas, Nadie Te Oye (Violet Perfume, Nobody Hears You) directed by Maryse Sistach which won five Mexican Ariel Awards.
Other feature winners were:
Best Director Arturo Ripstein for La Perdicion De Los Hombres (The Ruination Of Men) (Mexico)
Special Mention Por La Libre (Dust To Dust) (Mexico) Director: Juan Carlos De Llaca
In the documentary category voted on by a jury composed of Lisa Vidal, Ms Shabazz, Juan Fernandez and Jose Sanchez-H, the winner was Strong Roots directed by Maisa Menona and Aline Sasahara from Brasil
In the shorts categories voted on by Jose Luis Valenzuela, Evelina Fernandez, Lupe Ontiveros and Marina Pieanca, the winners were:
Best International short: Una Voz Timida En Un Concierto Hueco (A Shy Voice In A Hollow Concert) directed by Claudia Pinto from Venezuela
Best US short: a tie between Edward Ornelas' The Test and Eduardo Cisneros' Silent Story.
Special Mention: Los Maravillosos Olores De La Vida (The Wonderful Scents Of Life) directed by Jaime Ruiz Ibaez from Mexico.
Meanwhile Maria Novaro's Sin Dejar Huella (Without A Trace) from Mexico won the festival's audience award.
The Gabriel Figueroa Lifetime Achievement Award went to the late Anthony Quinn in recognition of his film career. The award was presented to Quinn's widow at a gala event on July 28.