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Guadalajara unveils ‘Princesses,’ ‘Talented’

Titles play films-in-progress strand

The Guadalajara Festival, Mexico’s biggest movie meet, has unveiled six pics taking part in its Guadalajara Construye, one of Latin America’s key sneak-peeks at films in post-production from up-and-coming helmers.

Laura Astorga’s “Red Princesses” is a 1980s-set drama with political undertones. It turns on an 9-year-old girl whose parents, both Sandinista intelligence operatives, are dispatched to Costa Rica. First seen at GC as a work in progress, it was a standout at Berlin’s 2010 Talent Project Market.

Che Sandoval’s “You Think You’re the Most Talented” won Works in Progress at Chile’s FicVina in December, earning a GC berth. It follows an office worker’s search for sex after his wife walks out on him, trawling through Santiago night life and plumbing the miseries of machismo.

From Buenos Aires’ Carrousel Films comes helmer Gustavo Fernandez’s “From Tuesday to Tuesday,” offering a jaundiced take on soul-sapping materialism. It played Ventana Sur’s Primer Corte in December.

Like “Princesses,” Venezuelan Patricia Ortega’s “The Return” explores one of Latin American cinema’s grand themes: macro events’ insidious impact on innocent lives, here seen in a Wayuu native massacre, which prompts two young girls’ across-the-tracks friendship.

“Daggers in the Sky,” Peruvian vet Alberto Durant’s mother-daughter reconciliation drama, and Brazilian village docu-fiction “Breath,” by Marcos Pimentel, round out GC, which runs March 6-7.

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