'Revolucion' celebrates country's independence

MEXICO CITY Mexico is showering coin on local film projects to celebrate its 200 years of independence from Spain in 2010. Among pics supported by government funds are a 10-segment omnibus from the likes of Gael Garcia Bernal and Diego Luna, as well the most expensive production in Mexican history.

Made up of 10 short films, “Revolucion” directors include thesps-turned-directors Bernal and Luna, Patricia Riggen (“Under the Same Moon”), Rodrigo Garcia Fernando Eimbke (“Duck Season”), Rodrigo Pla, Amat Escalante, Carlos Reygadas, Gerardo Naranjo and Mariana Chenillo.

Funded mainly by Imcine’s special projects budget and 226 tax incentive coin, “Revolucion” will have its national debut on Revolution Day — Nov. 20.

Next year also celebrates the 100-year anniversary of the Mexican Revolution, which rose up against the 34-year dictatorial rule of Porfirio Diaz under the banner of several leftist and social justice movements.

“This is an excellent opportunity to analyze through the eyes of these directors … what is the revolution today and what it means to the young minds of Mexico,” says Canana prexy and project producer Pablo Cruz.

Mexico’s arts council Conaculta also ponied up several million dollars to produce three features and a docu in conjunction with Imcine to honor the year’s milestones.

A period piece recounting the events of a failed assassination attempt on Diaz in 1897, titled “Expediente del Atentado” (roughly, “The Attempt Dossier”), will cost more than any other Mexican film in history. Director Antonio Serrano will film a biopic of Independence hero Miguel Hidalgo, while Damian Alcazar (Lord Sopespian in the Narnia “Prince Caspian” sequel) will play a man returning to Mexico after 20 years in “El Infierno” (The Inferno), helmed by “Herod’s Law” director Luis Estrada.

Docu is a feature on Revolutionary-era photographer Agustin Victor Casasolas, helmed by Carlos Rodrigo Montes de Oca.

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