Thursday, March 22, 2007

Mexican Film News

Directors Alfonso Cuaron, Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu and Guillermo del Toro (above) have met with Mexican President Felipe Calderon to encourage governmental support of the film industry. The three were set to visit the Mexican Legislature to seek better distribution and exhibition opportunities for local production companies, according to Reuters. Of about 60 films produced here in 2006, only half hit theaters, they report.
Last week, Mexico joined Germany offering new tax incentives to help boost domestic production.

Mexico Film Awards
Pan’s Labyrinth swept the Mexico Film Awards, also known as the Ariels. The film won nine Ariels, including best picture and director for Gullermo del Toro.

There was a tie for Best Actress award with Spaniard Maribel Verdu winning for Pan's Labyrinth and Mexican Elizabeth Cervantes winning for Mas que a nada en el mundo.

Best Actor went to Damian Alcazar for Cronicas (click to see the trailer). This was his second successive win.

El Orfanato
Meanwhile the trailer for del Toro’s next film El Orfanato (The Orphanage) has been leaked onto You Tube. Creep-O-Rama. A release date hasn’t been set.

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