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'21 Grams' tops Mexico boxoffice

25 November 2003 | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

MEXICO CITY -- Alejandro Gonzalez Innaritu's 21 Grams topped Mexico's weekend boxoffice charts, taking in 15 million pesos ($1.3 million), a particularly strong outing considering the picture was released on only 251 screens nationwide. 21 Grams, released in Mexico under distributor United International Pictures, is the Mexican director's second feature-length film and his first English-language production. Freaky Friday, released with 330 copies, grossed 9.1 million pesos ($805,000), while Matrix Revolutions ranked third in weekend boxoffice receipts with $5.6 million pesos ($496,000). The biggest surprise came from homegrown animated production Magos y Gigantes. Released on 280 screens, the Anima Estudios toon grossed 5.3 million pesos ($496,000). Distributor Fox Films of Mexico said Magos came nowhere near opening weekend figures for Finding Nemo, however the picture performed on par with such smaller animated productions as The Powerpuff Girls, Treasure Planet and Rugrats in Paris. »

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Helmer blasts Mexico's cuts to film funds

18 November 2003 | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

MEXICO CITY -- 21 Grams director Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu said Monday that a federal budget proposal to cut state financing for the nation's film industry comes from an "ignorant and insensitive" government. Speaking at a news conference to promote 21 Grams, the Mexican filmmaker criticized Mexican President Vicente Fox's plan to sell or close government-owned movie studios Estudios Churubusco Azteca, Mexico City-based film school CCC and producer Imcine, which provides financing for film production. »

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Tragic Russian Movie Triumphs at Venice Film Festival

8 September 2003 | WENN | See recent WENN news »

Russian father and son drama Vozvrashcheniye (The Return) has scooped the Golden Lion for best picture at this year's Venice Film Festival. Actor Vladimir Garin, 15, tragically died in the same lake where he filmed many of the scenes for the award-winning picture shortly after shooting was completed, and he was paid tribute to in a touching acceptance speech. Director Andrey Zvyaginstev said, "You see only two actors up on the stage tonight. Those who saw the film know there were three main actors. The fact is that the actor who played Andrey died tragically two months ago. We would like to dedicate this award to him." Other winners at the festival included Sean Penn as best actor in Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu's 21 Grams, a film about three people thrown together by an accident. Penn declared, "I'm very grateful to the jury for this. Anyone who saw the film knows the ensemble I'm a part of." »

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