'Children' leads off Mexico fest


Todd Field's Oscar-nominated "Little Children" will open the fourth annual Mexico City International Contemporary Film Festival, one of Mexico's top movie showcases.

A total of 219 films from 47 nations will unspool during the 10-day festival, which runs Feb. 21–March 4.

The FICCO, as the event is called, will have 16 features and 17 documentaries in competition, organizers said at a Thursday news conference.

The fiction section features two Mexican productions: Ruben Imaz's "Familia Tortuga" (Turtle Family) and the world premiere of Ivan Avila's "La Sangre Iluminada" (Enlightened Blood).

The only U.S. feature in competition is Julia Loktev's "Day Night Day Night." The majority of titles in competition are first works, including "12:08 East of Bucharest," the first feature-length offering from Romania's Corneliu Porumboiu.

Notable foreign pictures screening out of competition include the Spike Lee documentary "When the Levees Broke: A Requiem in Four Acts," David Lynch's "Inland Empire," Lars Von Trier's "The Boss of It All" and Deepa Mehta's "Water."