Guadalajara Film Fest 2017: Awards in All Categories

Devil’s Freedom, a reflection on Mexico’s drug war victims, scored wins for best Mexican picture, Ibero-American documentary and cinematography at the 32nd Guadalajara Film Fest.

Produced by Animal de Luz Films and directed by docu filmmaker Everardo Gonzalez, Devil’s Freedom had its world premiere at Cannes earlier this year. The film features some chilling interviews with masked victims and perpetrators of Mexico’s ongoing drug war, which has claimed more than 100,000 lives since 2006.

Santa & Andres

Carlos Lechuga’s political drama Santa & Andres, which explores the effects of life under former Cuban President Fidel Castro, also nabbed multiple awards. Lechuga’s sophomore feature film, which bowed at TIFF, won best Ibero-American picture, screenplay, the Jury Prize and best actress for Lola Amores.

Best actor honors were shared between Jose Manuel Poncelis and Eligio Menendez for their stirring performances in the Sundance audience award winner I Dream in Another Language. FilmRise acquired North American distribution rights to the film shortly after Sundance.

Guadalajara’s audience award went to first-timer Jose Ramon Chavez’s Help Me Get Through the Night (Ayudame a Pasar la Noche), a dramedy about a Mexican family that finds itself at an emotional crossroads.

Special guests at Guadalajara, Mexico’s top film fests, included Oscar-nominated director Jim Sheridan (In the Name of the Father).


Best Ibero-American Picture
Santa & Andres

Best Ibero-American Director
Joel Calero for La Ultima Tarde

Best Mexican Picture
Devil’s Freedom

Best Mexican Director
Sofia Gomez for Los Anos Azules

Best Documentary
Devil’s Freedom

Special Jury Prizes
Santa & Andres, Woodpeckers

Audience Award
Help Me Get Through the Night

Best First Work
Fabio Meira forLas Dos Irenes

Best Screenplay
Santa & Andres

Best Cinematography
Devil’s Freedom (Maria Secco)

Los Anos Azules

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