These pics could heat up Guadalajara festival
Shot before helmer Rodrigo Pla’s Toronto hit “La Zona,” post-production dragged on animation sequences mimicking religious folk art. Transposes the passion of Kierkegaard’s life through the history of a Mexican family swept up in Mexico’s Cristero wars. Cast includes Mario Zaragoza, Diego Catano and Ximena Ayala. Gussi has Mexican rights.
“Viaje de Teo”
Accomplished helmer Walter Doehner’s story of a Mexican boy trying to cross the Arizona desert to rejoin his father in the United States. Film has already spurred interest in the U.S.; Mexico distributor Videocine says it’s a “more realistic” take than seen in a similar story portrayed in “Under the Same Moon.” Cast includes Damian Alcazar, Joaquin Cosio and Silverio Palacios.
First feature from Juan Carlos Martin, who directed docu “Gabriel Orozco,” which won an Ariel for best first work. Bizarre love triangle between two guys and a gal from Mexico City who embark on a road trip from Mexico to New York and back again, filmed across 18 U.S. and eight Mexican states. Mexican distribution tied up by Gussi.
Fernando Sarinana’s latest film, following hit teen comedy “Las ninas mal” (Charm School). Damian Bichir and Veronica Merchant star as two cancer patients whose lives intersect in the hospital, as those around them suffer from metastasizing emotional issues. Also features Ximena Sarinana and Dolores Heredia. Set for release in Mexico by new distrib Corazon Films.
Second feature from Chilean director Rodrigo Ortuzar, whose first film, “Mujeres infieles,” was a hit in Chile and landed distribution in Spain. A family is trapped by a hurricane at an all-inclusive resort in the Riviera Maya and forced to face their dysfunctions. Starring Jesus Ochoa, Martha Higareda, Ana Serradilla and Jaime Camil.
Documentary on the folk-healing cult based in a desert town of Northern Mexico. First feature-length documentary from Monterrey-based filmmaker Juan Farre Rivera, also an accomplished aerial photographer. Takes a scientific but respectful tack that also will make it attractive to distributors of religious themes.