HUELVA, Spain -- William Hurt won best actor for 'Kiss of the Spider Woman' and the Argentine film 'El Rigor del Destino' won the coveted Golden Columbus award Saturday at the 11th Latin American Film Festival.
Mexican comedian Mario Moreno 'Cantinflas' was given a special prize for his contributions for more than 50 years of work.
'El Rigor del Destino', directed by Gerardo Vallejo, won the Golden Columbus award for its story of a Tucumano child who returns to Argentina after living seven years in Spain to find out about his past and his father, a labor lawyer who has died of a heart attack.
Hurt won best actor for his role in the Brazilian film 'Kiss of the Spider Woman,' in which he played a homosexual prisoner.
The best actress award went to Monica Villa for her part in the Argentine comedy 'Esperando la Carroza.'
Cantinflas, in a press conference before the awards ceremony, said he 'felt especially moved by this recognition.' The festival featured a number of special showings of his films, including the classic 'El Padrecito.'
Cantinflas joked that he wanted to know why a verb based on his name, 'cantinflear, has not been included in the dictionary of the (Spanish Royal) Academy, as Jose Maria Peman proposed in his day.'