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Crime Drama ’The 4th Company’ Tops Mexico’s Ariels

John Hecht - Hollywood Reporter
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July 12, 2017

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Crime drama La 4ta Compania (The 4th Company) grabbed nine of Mexico's top film prizes Tuesday night at the 59th Ariel Awards, including best picture and actor.

Based on a true story, The 4th Company follows members of a 1970s inmate football team who participate in a crime ring while serving their prison sentences. The film exposes corruption and collusion in Mexican prisons.

Mitzi Vanessa Arreola and Amir Galvan co-directed The 4th Company, which was nominated for 20 Ariels.

Best director went to Tatiana Huezo for Tempestad, a documentary that looks at the effects of human trafficking in Mexico. Jim Stark (Down by Law) executive-produced Tempestad, which bowed at the Berlin film fest.

Venice Golden Lion winner From Afar went home empty-ended, as did Jonas Cuaron (Gravity co-writer and son of Oscar winner Alfonso Cuaron) for his immigration thriller Desierto. Both were in the running for best picture.

Isela Vega, whose film and TV career spans more than five decades, received a lifetime achievement award.

Best Picture: La 4ta Compania

Director: Tatiana Huezo

Actor: Adrian Ladron & Jose Carlos Ruiz (tie: La 4ta Compania, Almacenados)

Actress: Veronica Langer (La Caridad)

Supporting Actor: Hose Alberto Melendez (Almacenados)

Supporting Actress: Adriana Paz (La Caridad)

Documentary: Tempestad

See the complete winners list at Hollywood Reporter

Related: Look How the Aerial Award Winners Stole the Show (Associated Press)

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