Eight films competing in Mex fest

'La Segunda' looks for the top spot

MEXICO CITY — Eight films will compete at the 15th Showcase of Mexican Film in Guadalajara from Friday through March 16.

The number marks a fall from last year’s high of 11 competitors, but the rules have changed to allow only pics that have yet to go on to general release.

Among the likely best pic contenders are Alejandro Gamboa’s sexual comedy “La Segunda Noche”, a follow-up to his 1998 local box office champ “La Primera Noche.” It is due for general release this month.

The other competitors are Laura Mana’s “Las Alas del Corazon,” Sergio Olhovich’s “Claroscuro de la Luna,” Salvador Aguirre’s “De Ida y Vuelta,” Oscar Blancarte’s “Entre la Tarde y la Noche,” Maricarmen de Lara’s “En el Pais de no Pasa Nada,” Benjamin Caan’s “Cronica de un Desayuno” and Oscar Urrutia’s “Rito Terminal.”

There will also be a competition for 14 Mexican shorts. Eight Spanish-lingo films from Spain, Ecuador, Argentina and the U.S. also will be screened as part of the Iberoamerican section.

In addition, the festival will include a Luis Bunuel retrospective, with 11 of the adopted Mexican’s movies on show, as well as a docu on the director.

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