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The film "Paginas del Diario de Mauricio" by Cuban filmmaker Manuel Perez may win the Ariel Prize, annually conferred by the Mexican Film Academy to the best Ibero American production, related sources confirmed.

The film portrays a look at the difficult decade of 90s when the Cuban economy was considerably depressed through the experiences of a 60-year old man (Mauricio) associated to the changes of the epoch. It is, in short, a glance at recent history.

With Rolando Brito, Blanca Rosa Blanco and Laritsa Vega in the main roles, the full-length film is a Cuban-Hispano-Mexican co-production, winner of the jury s special prize at the recently held Huelva Festival in Spain.

Argentine Alejandro Doria (Las Manos), Chilean Matias Bize (En La Cama), Colombian Libia Stella Gomez (La historia del baul rosado) and Spanish Isabel Coixet (La vida secreta de las palabras) are other possible winners.

Similarly, Portuguese Marco Martins (Alice) and Venezuelan Solveig Hosteijn (Maroa) compete for a candidacy.

According to sources of the Academy, nominees in all the categories will be released in January 2007.

Source: Cubarte

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