New fare poised for international life

Mexico’s film market now stands as fifth in the world. Further improving that ranking means increasing the percentage of local productions that cross the border into North America’s marketplace and beyond.

Variety has compiled a list of such films, with production stages ranging from development through imminent premieres. Among them: a biopic about Alex Hodoyan, a “narco-junior” for Mexico’s most powerful drug cartel; a gay coming-of-age story; and a film scored by Slash.

BLACK SHEEP

Director: Humberto Hinojosa Oscariz

Cast: Christian Vazquez, Jimena Romo

Production: Tigre Pics

In brief: Retro rural meller harking back to Mexico’s great ’50s sticks pics

Status: World preems at Guadalajara

CEFALOPODO

Director: Ruben Imaz

Cast: Unax Ugalde, Alejandra Ambrosi

Production: Canana, Irusoin, Axolote

In brief: Imaz’s second feature about a bereaved Basque man in Mexico City 

Status: Shooting

LOS CAPOS DEL NORTE

Director: Gerardo Tort

Production: Laberinto

In brief: Scribe Vicente Lenero’s take on drug cartel fixer Alex Hodoyan

Status: Shoots in September

FETICHE

Director: Jaime Humberto Hermosillo

Production: Mil Nubes

In brief: Prolific Hermosillo returns with a gay coming-of-ager set in Mexico’s provinces

Status: Development

THE GOOD HERBS

Director: Maria Novaro

Cast: Ofelia Medina, Ana Ofelia Murguia

Production: Axolote

In brief: Novaro (“Danzon”) returns with a DV pic about an Alzheimer victim

Status: In post-production

EL HOMBRE DE PIEDRA

Director: Eugenio Derbez

Production: Alebrije

In brief: “La misma luna” lead Derbez’s helming debut about parenthood

Status: In pre-production

JEAN GENTIL

Director: Laura Amelia Guzman, Israel Cardenas

Cast: Jean Remy Gentil

Production: Canana, Aurora

In brief: Docuesque tale from “Cochochi” helmers

Status: Rolls in May

NORTEADO

Director: Rigoberto Perezcano

Cast: Harold Torres, Sonia Couoh

Production: Tiburon, Mediapro

In brief: Offbeat Mexico-U.S. immigration dramedy that swept San Sebastian’s Films in Progress awards

Status: Post

NOTICIAS DE UN SECUESTRO

Director: Pedro Pablo Ybarra

Production: Argos, Caracol TV, Costa

In brief: Adaptation of a nonfiction Gabriel Garcia Marquez novel about early ’90s Medellin cartel kidnappings

Status: Rolls late 2009

ON CHILDHOOD

Director: Carlos Carrera

Cast: Damian Alcazar

Production: Argos, Mala Hierba

In brief: A tender portrait of violent childhood, with production design from Salvador Parra (“Volver”)

Status: Post

RIVER OF GOLD

Director: Pablo Aldrete

Cast: Robert Carradine, Michael Bowen

Production: Mantarraya

In brief: An 1852-set Mexican Western with a locals-vs.-settlers culture clash

Status: Lensing

ROUND TRIP

Director: Gerardo Tort

Cast: Teresa Ruiz, Cassandra Ciangherotti

Production: Cadereyta

In brief: Tort (“Streeters”) helms a Mexican femme road movie

Status: World preems at Guadalajara

THIS IS NOT A MOVIE

Director: Olallo Rubio

Cast: Edward Furlong, Peter Coyote, Edi Gathegi

Production: Kung Fu, Mantarraya

In brief: Las Vegas-set, English-language modern apocalypse sci-fi drama, scored by ex-Guns N’ Roses guitarist Slash

Status: Post

TRES PIEZAS DE AMOR EN UN FIN DE SEMANA

Director: Salvador Aguirre

Cast: Daniel Gimenez Cacho, Paola Nunez

Production: De Cuernos al Abismo, Sincronia, Solid Management

In brief: Urban contempo relationship drama from Guadalajara 2001 winner Aguirre (“To and Fro”)

Status: World preems at Guadalajara

LA ULTIMA MUERTE

Director: David “Leche” Ruiz

Cast: Kuno Becker, Manolo Cardona

Production: Lemon, Costa

In brief: Near-future action-thriller, from first-time helmer Ruiz, of a twice-dead man running for his life

Status: Shooting

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