Stars align for Guadalajara film fest

John Malkovich, Eva Longoria Parker, Diego Luna booked

MEXICO CITY -- John Malkovich and Eva Longoria Parker have joined a growing list of guests that will attend the 24th edition of the Guadalajara International Film Festival, Mexico's top movie showcase.

Malkovich and Mexican crossover actor Diego Luna, who shared credits with Sean Penn in "Milk," will give a master class for the Talent Campus Guadalajara. On March 19, Longoria Parker will serve as master of ceremonies on opening night for the nine-day event. Veteran filmmaker Arturo Ripstein has agreed to sit on the Ibero-American fiction jury. Other guests will be announced within a week.

The film fest opens with the Mexican toon "Otra Pelicula de Huevos y un Pollo," the sequel to the boxoffice hit "Una Pelicula de Huevos." Notable titles in competition include Javier Fesser's drama "Camino," winner of Spain's Goya award for best picture; Julian Hernandez's gay-themed drama "Rabioso Sol, Rabioso Cielo," which nabbed the Teddy award at this month's Berlin International Film Festival; and Gerardo Naranjo's sophomore feature "Voy a Explotar" (I'm Gonna Explode).

The festival each year hosts one of Latin America's most important film markets, drawing hundreds of industry figures from the U.S., Latin America and Europe.