Luis Puenzo became the first Argentine Oscar winner in 1986 for his film, The Official Story. Now his daughter Lucía Puenzo is poised for her shot with XXY, as Eric D. Snider told you about in October. The film is making waves as Argentina picked it for their Oscar submission, it won the Critics Week Grand Prize at Cannes, it's got a Spanish Goya nomination, and now Variety reports that it leads the nominations for the 2007 Sur awards from the Argentine Film Arts and Sciences Academy.

Puenzo's directorial debut has nabbed an impressive 13 out of 19 nominations at the awards, and the categories include best film, director, adapted screenplay, debut feature, and an acting nod for Inés Efron as revelation actress. This doesn't really come as a surprise. I reviewed the film at TIFF this year, and it's a solid feature, which shines with Efron's performance. I would be surprised if she doesn't nab this award, and if we don't see more from her in the near future. I bet the same can be said for Puenzo, since this is her debut feature.

Meanwhile, Ricardo Darín, who played Efron's father in the film, is up for lead actor in another movie, Nine Queens, and Julieta Díaz is up for lead actress for her role in Family Law. Other big nominees include The Aerial, a sci-fi fantasy from Esteban Sapir and Juan Taratuto's romcom, Who Says It's Easy. This will be the second ceremony held by the Academy.
categories Awards, Cinematical