'Nomads' pic bred in Mexico

Lucy Liu stars in English-language drama

MORELIA, Mexico -- Mexican shingle Goliat Films has begun shooting "Nomads," an English-language drama with an international cast featuring Lucy Liu, John Cothran Jr. and Tamlyn Tomita.

Penned and directed by Mexican helmer Ricardo Benet, the story centers on a documentary filmmaker (Liu) who is making a picture about subway suicides.

Rounding out the cast are Mexicans Tenoch Huerta, who starred in the U.S.-Mexico immigration thriller "Sin Nombre," and Dagoberto Gama.

The film will be shot in New York and Mexico City. Benet's first feature, "News From Afar," won prizes at the Biarritz and Mar del Plata festivals. Producer Sandro Halphen hopes to premiere the film at next year's Festival de Cannes.

Goliat also will begin production next week in Guadalajara, Mexico, on "April and May," a thriller about two 16-year-old lesbian serial killers. It features "Heroes" actor Shalim Ortiz, Spanish actress Anouk Ogueta and Mexico's Raul Mendez.

Mexican helmer Jose Luis Gutierrez is directing the story written by newcomer Marco Tarditti. The script is in English and Spanish.

Goliat, a Mexico City-based producer, has shifted its focus recently from Spanish-speaking films to modestly budgeted, English-language productions with international talent.

"The whole concept of what we're trying to do is produce multicast, mostly English-language scripts," Halphen said.