‘Great Expectations’ opens 13th Muestra

Mexican cinema showcase kicks off in Guadalajara

MEXICO CITY — Mexican helmer Alfonso Cuaron’s “Great Expectations” will kick off the 13th muestra, or showcase, of Mexican cinema in Guadalajara, March 6-12.

With the local industry still in the doldrums, the fest has just eight Mexican features in competition, four of them world preems: “Angeluz” by Leopoldo Laborde, “Crisis” by Gilberto and Adolfo Martinez Solares, “Fibra Optica” by Francisco Athie, and “La Primera Noche” by Alejandro Gamboa.

Other competitors are “De Noche Vienes, Esmeralda” by Jaime Humberto Hermosillo, “Quien Diablos es Juliette?” by Carlos Marcovich, “El Agujero” by Beto Gomez and “Violeta” by Alberto Cortes.

For the fourth consecutive year, a non-Mexican pic opens the fest. “Great Expectations” is one of several national debuts, along with John Sayles’ “Men with Guns,” Alex de la Iglesia’s “Perdita Durango,” and Pedro Almodovar’s “Live Flesh,” which will be screened as part of a 12-film Almodovar retrospective.

Guadalajara also will honor veteran actress Marga Lopez, an Argentine who made her career in Mexico, by showing six of her films, among them Luis Bunuel’s “Nazarin” and Arturo Ripstein’s “Tiempo de Morir.”

Supported by national film institute Imcine, the University of Guadalajara and private sponsors, the fest will include a retrospective of Brazilian pics, book presentations, and an exhibition honoring recently deceased helmer Alberto Issac.

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