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Mexican fest sports youthful look

Twenty features competing, including 'Lazarescu'

The third Mexico City Contemporary Intl. Film Festival, known as the Ficco, kicked off Tuesday with an official selection focused on young, global filmmakers.  

Twenty features are in competition, including Romanian helmer Cristi Puiu’s “The Death of Mr. Lazarescu,” Camera d’Or winner “The Forsaken Land” by Sri Lankan director Vimukthi Jayasundara and “Niu pi” (Oxhide) by Chinese director Liu Jiayin.

French scribe Jean Claude Carriere (“Goya’s Ghost”) is guest of honor. Other guests include French helmer Claire Denis (“The Intruder”) and Todd Solondz (“Palindromes”).

Sponsored by nation’s No. 2 exhib Cinemex, fest is aimed at the public. More than 250 films, most of which do not have distribution in Mexico, will screen before the event ends March 5.

Fest has snagged one world premiere — docu “La palomilla salvaje,” directed by Uruguayan helmer Gustavo Gamou.

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