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Mexico to see ’21 Grams’ first

Inarritu's latest to unspool a day earlier, on Nov. 19

MEXICO CITY — In a rare scheduling change, United Intl. Pictures has moved up the Mexican bow of much-anticipated “21 Grams” at behest of helmer Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu.

Pic, originally set to bow at same time as in U.S., will hit theaters here one day earlier, on Nov. 20. Gonzalez Inarritu is Mexican, although “21 Grams,” his second film, was shot in the U.S. and is in English.

UIP announced change Friday, citing pressure from helmer and others on pic’s Mexican crew, including writer Guillermo Arriaga and sound designer Martin Hernandez.

Considering Mexico’s piracy problem, shift could be good for the distrib. “Once Upon a Time in Mexico” bowed in the U.S. six weeks earlier than in Mexico, but pirated copies, available in Mexico within days of the Stateside bow, have dented B.O. here.

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