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Mexico’s ‘Life’ joins Oscar race

Schneider drama a foreign language entry

MEXICO CITY — Roberto Schneider’s period drama “Arranancame la vida” (Tear Up My Life) is Mexico’s entry into the running for a foreign language Oscar slot.

Distributed by Fox and produced by Altavista Films, the pic is based on Angeles Mastretta’s novel of the same name and stars Mexican ingenue Ana Claudia Talancon. It follows a woman’s life from childhood to her marriage to a general from the Revolution on his way to becoming the governor of puebla. The film portrays a turbulent period in Mexican history as modern feminism began confronting the ideals of a new nation in the 1930s.

The film broke domestic box office records, pulling in $4.28 million in the first 10 days. Opening on a long holiday weekend — Sept. 16 is Mexico’s Independence Day — it outperformed “Km. 31,” “Under the Same Moon” and “Y tu mama tambien.”

The film is set to close Chile’s Vina del Mar Film Festival in November.

With a budget estimated between $6.5 million and $7 million, it is considered the most expensive Mexican film ever made.

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