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Telenovelas rock. They just seem to be so much more soapy and operatic than U.S. serials. Even though I don’t speak much Spanish, I love the over-the-top drama of it all.
That’s why I’m looking forward to seeing Casi Divas, a Mexican film about four women vying to become the next big telenovela star.
Casi Divas is the story of four young women competing for the lead in the movie version of a popular telenovela. The women are from very different backgrounds and each satirizes a stereotype of Mexican society.
Francisca (Maya Zapata) is a shy Indian from Oaxaca.
Ximena (Ana Layevska) is a formerly pudgy rich girl who now is thin but miserable – and really hungry.
Catalina (Diana Garcia) is a troubled factory worker from Ciudad Juárez, where young women disappear with alarming regularity.
Yesenia (Daniela Schmidt) is a flamboyant hairstylist from a poor section of Mexico City. »
Casi Divas (Almost Divas), is a Mexican-produced feature from director Issa Lopez, starring actresses Julio Bracho, Patricia Llaca, Maya Zapata, Ana Layevska, Daniela Schmidt, Diana Garcia, Mónica Huarte and Keiko Durán. The musical comedy, featuring compositions from Hans "The Dark Knight" Zimmer follows four women from different regions of Mexico vying for the lead role in a new film by 'Alejandro Mateos', the largest film producer in the country, amidst numerous social, ethnic and gender conflicts. Sneak Peek the trailer from Casi Divas »
Casi Divas tells the story of four very different women vying in a contest to become the next big telenovela star. It is a story infused with dreams of changing your life and desires for celebrity and success but if you think it is all gloss you will miss the real point of the film. This film manages to do what so many others miss — it manages to tell important stories and be entertaining. Francisca (Maya Zapata) is a poor Indian woman from Oaxaca who deals with race issues in the Mexican culture; Ximena Lizarraga (Ana Layevska) is a rich girl who has remade her body to fit into the culture but is miserable and really, really hungry; Catalina (Diana Garcia) works in the factories of Ciudad Juarez and uses her platform to raise awareness about young girls who continue to go missing in her community; and Yesenia (Daniela Schmidt) is struggling. »
- Melissa Silverstein
Maya Entertainment has acquired U.S. theatrical and home entertainment rights to the Spanish-language comedy from Mexico, "Casi Divas."
Written and directed by Issa Lopez and scored by composer Hans Zimmer, "Divas" is the story of four ambitious and beautiful young women from four very different corners of Mexico who get caught up in the frenzy that sweeps the country during a nationwide talent search for a lead role in a movie.
Produced by Luz Maria Rojas for Columbia Pictures Producciones Mexico, the local production arm of Sony Pictures Entertainment, the film stars Maya Zapata, Ana Layevska, Patricia Llaca, Daniela Schmidt and Julio Bracho.
In Mexico, it opened at number one at the boxoffice and was among the top five grossing films of 2008.
A theatrical release in New York, Los Angeles, Miami and San Diego is planned for Aug. 21, followed by a national rollout. »
- By Gregg Kilday
4 items from 2009
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