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Thursday April 18, 2013

66th Cannes Film Festival List Includes Several Offerings from Mexico

66th Cannes Film Festival List Includes Several Offerings from Mexico

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The iconic Cannes Film Festival has released its full list of offerings for the upcoming 66th annual film festival and there are several offerings from Mexico.  Baz Luhrman’s “The Great Gatsby” will open the festival in France and “Zulu” by Jerome Salle will be the closing film.

Amongst the 19 films competing for the coveted Palme d’Or is “Heli” a Mexican-narco film directed by Amat Escalante.  This is the Spanish director’s third film and it is highly anticipated.  Heli, the central character in the film, lives in Guanajuato where he faces narco violence, police corruption and love all while looking for his dad who has gone missing. 

Competing for the Camera d’Or prize in the Un Certain Regard (A Certain Glance) category amongst the 14 offerings is “La Jaula de Oro” by Spanish director Diego Quemada-Diez.  “La Jaula de Oro” (golden cage) is a Machete Production from Mexico.  Machete’s “Year Leap” was the first film to win a Camera D’Or for a Mexican film in 2010.  The “La Jaula de Oro” film tells the story of two teens trying to cross a “ruthless country in search of a better life beyond the Mexican border.” 

In the CineFoundation category, honoring up-and-coming talent, Mexico’s Alejandro Iglesias Mendizabal 25 minute fictional tale of “Contrafabule de Una Nina Disecada” (Fable of a Dissected Girl) will be shown. 

The festival will begin on May 15 and runs through the 26th.  Steven Spielberg leads the jury panel this year. These films were chosen amongst 1,858 submissions received by the festival. 

CLICK HERE to read the entire list of competitors.