Serbia's Kusturica to make Villa biopic


Serbian filmmaker Emir Kusturica plans to shoot his next film in Mexico, a Spanish- language picture about Mexican revolutionary hero Francisco "Pancho" Villa.

The two-time Palme d'Or winner (for 1985's "When Father Was Away on Business" and 1995's "Underground") made the announcement Sunday at the Guadalajara International Film Festival before presenting "Maradona by Kusturica," his documentary about Argentinian soccer hero Diego Maradona.

Before the screening, Kusturica received a career achievement award and told an enthusiastic crowd he would film his Villa biopic on Mexican soil.

"On these kinds of occasions, it's typical to say empty phrases like 'Thank you very much' and 'I'm very pleased,' but I'm not going to say that," he said. "Instead, I'm going to say that I'm going to make a film in this country, in Spanish. It's a film about one of my idols, Pancho Villa, and his friends."

The local debut of "Maradona" was a crowd-pleaser in soccer-mad Mexico.