The Argentinian Academy of Film Arts and Science awarded Lucia Puenzo's XXY with six Sur prizes (out of 13 nominations), including best film, best first film, best director, best adapted script, best new actress (Ines Efron) and best supporting actor (Martin Piroyansky), at a gala held in Buenos Aires on Monday.
XXY, the local submission for the foreign language film category at the Oscars, won the Critics Week award in May at the Cannes Film Festival and sold more than 200,000 admissions in Argentina.
Ricardo Darin's film noir The Signal/La Señal walked away with only three awards (music, costume design and cinematography) out of 12 nominations.
The local Academy, comprised of 250 renowned professionals (directors, producers, screenwriters, actors and technicians), also named Julio Chavez as best actor for his work in Ariel Rotter's The Other (El Otro) and Carolina Peleritti as best actress for her work in the romantic comedy Who Says It's Easy' (Quien Dice Que Es Facil). The film directed by Juan Taratuto was the surprising winner of four awards (out of seven nominations), including original script (Pablo Solarz), supporting actress (Lidia Catalano) and new actor (Daniel Rabinovich).
Fernando Solanas' Argentina Latente and Alejandro Landes' Cocalero shared the best documentary feature award, while German Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck' The Lives of Others received the best foreign film prize.