Competition titles include 'Explode,' 'Plan B'

Mexico’s 24th Guadalajara Intl. Film Festival, arguably Latin America’s biggest film confab in terms of foreign industry attendance, has unveiled its first competition titles.

Contenders include Gerardo Naranjo’s “Voy a explotar” (I’m Gonna Explode) and the latest film by Sergio Arau, the helmer of “Un dia sin mexicanos.”

A souped-up youth angst pic, the Elle Driver-sold “Explode” played to an upbeat reactions at Venice and Toronto and is produced by Canana, the go-ahead production and distribution shingle of Pablo Cruz, Gael Garcia Bernal and Diego Luna.

Arau’s latest, “Naco es chido,” (aka “Plan B”), is a docu on Mexican rock band Botellita de Jerez, a 25-year-old exponent of “Guacarock,” a mix of trad rock and Mexican rhythms, which Arau founded.

Also competing is “Las buenas hierbas,” the first film from Maria Novaro (“Danzon”), since her 2000 feminist road-movie, “Without a Trace.” A low-cost, DV pic, shot largely in her own house, “Hierbas” portrays an Alzheimer victim.

Rounding up first films announced are Alberto Cortes’ Sundance player “Coraz–n del tiempo” (Heart of Time), a near docu-take on a wedding problem in a Zaptista community, sold at the EFM by Latinofusion, and Eva Lopez-Sanchez’s “La última y nos vamos” (aka “3.3.”), a three-part contempo relationship drama.

Fest runs March 19-27.

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