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Guadalajara fest opens big lineup

Film production up across Latin America

A correction was made to this article on Mar. 22, 2006.

MEXICO CITY — The more films you make the better you make them. 

Or so says Guadalajara Film Festival director Jorge Sanchez.

As film production picked up across Latin America’s major economies in 2005 and into 2006, his premise will be on test during Mexico’s most established fest, which starts March 24 and runs through March 31, showcasing the best Spanish-language productions from Latin America and Spain.

“There is a growing volume of production and a certain volume is needed to create a national cinema,” said Sanchez, a renowned Mexican producer who recently took Guadalajara’s reins.

Sanchez said there will be 34 Mexican features and docus in and out of competition among 175 films from 15 countries.

Fest will hand out $400,000 in prizes in its Iberoamerican feature, Mexican feature, Iberoamerican docu, Iberoamerican short and Mexican short official selections.

Fest will include retrospective of multi-hyphenate John Sayles and a tribute to Bob Rafelson, who will present a 25th anniversary screening of his “The Postman Always Rings Twice.”

Guadalajara’s market is in its fourth year. As of Thursday, 445 films and 189 producers, sales agents and distribs were registered.

Co-production pitching session Encuentro includes 20 films that Sanchez said were “quality product” with 8 Mexican scripts and 12 others  backed by their domestic film institutions.

Full list of films:

Official Selection

 Iberoamerican Feature

 

“15 días contigo,” Jesus Ponce. Spain, 2005

“1888, el extraordinario viaje de la Santa Isabel,” Alfredo J. Anzola. Venezuela, 2005

“Apocalipsur,” Javier Mejía. Colombia, 2005

“Barrio Cuba,” Humberto Solas. Cuba, 2005

“Casa de arena,” Andrucha Waddington, Brazil, 2005

“Cinema, aspirinas y buitres,” Marcelo Gomes. Brazil, 2005

“Crimen delicado,”  Beto Brant. Brazil, 2005

“Cuatro mujeres descalzas,” Santiago Loza. Argentina, 2005

“El cielo dividido,” Julian Hernández. Mexico, 2006

“El custodio,” Rodrigo Moreno. Argentina, 2006

“Fuera del cielo,” Javier Patron Fox. Mexico, 2005

“La niña en la piedra,” Maryse Sistach and Jose Buil. Mexico, 2005

“La prueba,” Judith Velez. Cuba/Spain/Peru, 2005

“La vida secreta de las palabras,” Isabel Coixet. Spain, 2005

“Lo mss bonito y mis mejores años,” Martin Boulocq. Bolivia, 2005

“Los aires difíciles,” Gerardo Herrero. Spain, 2006

“Madeinusa,” Claudia Llosa. Peru/Spain, 2005

“Parentesis,” Francisca Schweitzer. Chile, 2005

“Ruido,” Marcelino Bertalmío. Argentina/Spain/Uruguay, 2005

‘Solo dios sabe,” Carlos Bolado. Mexico, 2005

 

Mexican Feature

 

“El cielo dividido,” Julian Hernandez, 2006

“Fuera del cielo,” Javier Patron Fox, 2005

“La nina en la piedra,” Maryse Sistach y Jose Buil, 2005

“La ultima Mirada,” Patricia Arriaga, 2005

“La vida immune,” Ramon Cervantes, 2005

“Los Pajarracos,” Hector Hernandez and Horacio Rivera, 2006.

“Mas que a nada en el mundo,” Andres León Becker and Javier Solar, 2005

“Mujer alabastrina,” Elisa Salinas and Rafael Gutierrez, 2005

“Solo Dios sabe,” Carlos Bolado, 2005

 

Iberoamerican Documentary

 

“Acme and Co.” Gregorio Carlos Roche Valverde. Mexico, 2005

“En el hoyo,” Juan Carlos Rulfo. Mexico, 2006

“El tren de la memoria,” Marta Arribas and Ana Perez. Spain, 2005

“Meninas” Sandra Werneck and Gisela Camara. Brazil, 2005

“Aboio,” Helvecio Marins. Brazil, 2005

“Arcana,” Cristobal Vicente. Chile, 2005

“Atos dos homens,” Kiko Goifman. Brazil, 2006

“El comite,” Mateo Herrera. Ecuador, 2005

“Estado de miedo,” Pamela Yates. Peru, 2005

“Invierno en Bagdad,” Javier Corchera. Spain, 2005

“KordaVision,” Hector Cruz Sandoval. Cuba, 2005

“La casa de mi abuela,” Adan Aliaga, Spain, 2005

“La dignidad de los nadies,” Fernando “Pino” Solanas. Argentina, 2005

“Los heroes y el tiempo,” Arturo Ripstein. Mexico 2005

“Maquilapolis,” Vicky Funari, Mexico, 2006

“Perspecplejia,” de David Albaba. Chile, 2005