Spotlight: Mexico 2012
BESOS DE AZUCAR
Director: Carlos Cuaron
The Buzz: Cuaron’s second feature as helmer, which he describes as a Romeo and Juliet tale transplanted to a working-class neighborhood in Mexico. In post.
Producer: Vista Hermosa Films, Delicious Films
CARRIERE, 250 METROS
Director: Juan Carlos Rulfo
The Buzz: Rulfo’s latest doc goes traveling with French literary and screenwriting icon Jean-Claude Carriere. Pic is a strong candidate for Mexico docu prize at Guadalajara after bowing in San Sebastian.
Producers: Lemon Films, Grado Cinco, Filmadora Nacional, La Media Luna Producciones, Sony, Cine Alta
Sales: B&W Films (U.K.)
CARTEL DE LOS SAPOS
(“Cartel of the Snitches”)
Director: Carlos Moreno
The Buzz: Nearly in the can, pic adapts original skein itself based on the hit book by Andres Lopez — a tell-all account of how he helped take down a cartel from within it.
Producer: Vista Hermosa Films (Mexico), Delicious Films (Mexico), 11:11 Films (Colombia)
Director: Fernando Leon
The Buzz: Revolution-era pic follows naive duo through wilderness on a zebra on a quest to join rebel forces. Pic follows up wins at last year’s rough-cut program to arrive in Guad’s main fiction competish this year.
Producer: Cinemagico Producciones
Director: Rodrigo Pla
The Buzz: A single mother of three is compelled to abandon her senile father on the street in this eagerly awaited follow-up to “The Desert Within.” Bowed in Berlin, competing at Guadalajara. Pic is first co-prod between Mexico and Uruguay.
Producer: Lulu Prods. (Mexico), Malbicho Cine (Uruguay); co-production with Memento Films Production (France)
Sales: Artscope-Memento (France)
EL MUNDO FANTASTICO DE JUAN OROL
Director: Sebastian del Amo
The Buzz: Just in time for filmmaking nostalgia craze, this look back at Mexico’s Ed Wood had a positive reception at a sneak December screening. Will compete in Guadalajara.
Producer: Celuloide Films (Mexico)
Director: Michael Rowe
The Buzz: Rowe’s first pic since winning the Camera d’Or for “Leap Day,” Gael Garcia Bernal and Diego Luna stepping in with Canana to produce new project — the second of three portraits of loneliness in Mexico City. In production.
Producer: Canana Films.
Director: Pablo Larrain
The Buzz: Gael Garcia Bernal tops this political satire framed around Chile’s 1988 referendum to oust Pinochet. This may be a big break for Larrain.
Producers: Fabula (Chile), Canana Films (Mexico), in talks to add partner
Sales: Funny Balloons (France)
POST TENEBRAS LUX
Mexico, France, Germany, Netherlands
Director: Carlos Reygadas
The Buzz: One of the most eagerly awaited films of the year, the only question is in which major festival it will compete.
Producer: Mantarraya Producciones (Mexico), No Dream Cinema (Mexico), Arte France Cinema (France), the Match Factory (Germany), Topkapi Films (Netherlands)
Sales: NDM (Mantarraya’s new sales unit), Le Pacte (For French distribution only)
Director: Alfonso (Poncho) Pineda
The Buzz: Workshopped in Sundance, pic depicts the crossing paths of two couples on the all-too-truly violent beaches of Acapulco — Argentina’s Leonardo Sbaraglia and Colombia’s Carolina Guerra top.
Producer: Zinc Films (Mexico), 11:11 Films (Colombia)
Director: Guillermo Rocamora
The Buzz: An Air Force trumpet player is sent on a life-changing trip to Antarctica. Backed by Hubert Bals Fund and one of two winners of the Ventana Sur Primer Corte competish.
Producer: Seacuatico (Uruguay), Promenades Film (French), Sudestada Cine (Argentina), Volya Films (Netherlands)
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