‘Calle’ culls top nods in Mexican showcase

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Two tales about life and crime in Mexico City dominated the honors at the 16th Showcase of Mexican Film in Guadalajara, which wrapped March 15.

Gerardo Tort’s “De la Calle,” the story of a 15-year-old homeless youngster who falls afoul of a cop, was unanimously voted best pic by the international jury, while pic’s star Luis Fernando Pena took the actor nod.

Honors for best actress were shared between Ximena Ayala, for her role in “Perfume de Violetas” (Violet Perfume), about the ill-fated friendship of two schoolgirls in a working class barrio, and Karina Gidi, for her perf as a lovelorn secretary in “Demasiado Amor” (Too Much Love).

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