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New Crop of Mexican Films Vie for Guadalajara’s Premio Mezcal Big Cash Prize

New Crop of Mexican Films Vie for Guadalajara’s Premio Mezcal Big Cash Prize

A new crop of Mexican fiction films and feature-length documentaries premiering in Guadalajara’s (Ficg) Premio Mezcal section are vying for the festival’s largest cash prize of 500,000 pesos. Winning the prestigious award virtually ensures a good run on the global festival circuit.

As tradition has it, a group of 30 film students from Mexico and other countries will be tasked in selecting the best picture as well as the best in acting, cinematography and directing.

The fiction entries range from mainstream pics such as “The Mongolian Conspiracy” (“El Complot Mongol”), Sebastian del Amo’s conspiracy thriller starring Eugenio Derbez, Damian Alcazar and Barbara Mori, to Antonino Isordia Llamazares’ rural drama “At’ Anii” (“Your Lover”) with 90% of its dialogue in the indigenous language of Teenek.

“The new authorities are encouraging the making of more indigenous-themed films but it’s also important to give equal weight to films with mainstream, international appeal,

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