'Little Children' to open Mexico fest


MEXICO CITY -- Todd Field's Oscar-nominated "Little Children" will open the 4th 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 from Feb. 21?March 4 here in the nation's capital.

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 American feature in competition is Julia Loktev's "Day Night Day Night." The majority of fictional titles in competition are first works, including the award-winning "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 Canada's foreign-language Oscar-nominee, "Water."

Among the international jury members are Jim Jarmusch, producer Jim Stark, actress Geraldine Chaplin and producer Mary Sweeney.

Mexican exhibitor Cinemex sponsors the annual festival.