'Bastardos' cracks Morelia festival lineup

Amat Escalante's Cannes entry screening at October event

MEXICO CITY -- The sixth annual Morelia International Film Festival, traditionally a key platform for up-and-coming Mexican talent, on Monday unveiled a lineup heavy on first- and second-time directors.

Considered one of Mexico's most prestigious film fests, Morelia is set for Oct. 4-12.

Among the six features in official competition are Amat Escalante's immigrant-themed "Los Bastardos," which competed in Un Certain Regard sidebar at Cannes in May.

Other notable titles selected include Andrea Martinez's drama "Cosas Insignificantes"; Warner Bros. Mexico's mystery "Bajo la Sal," from first-time helmer Mario Munoz; and Alfonso Pineda Ulloa's romantic thriller "Amor, Dolor y Viceversa," a Lemon Films-Panamax-Filmax co-production.

Morelia also will unspool a slew of documentaries and shorts, which has long been the main focus of the festival. "Intimidades de Shakespeare y Victor Hugo" and "Trazando Aleida" are among some of the award-winning docus competing this year.

Cinepolis, Mexico's top exhibitor, sponsors the annual event. Opening and closing films and guests will be announced at a later date.