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Marina Antunes [Celluloid 07.26.10] Mexico movie news

Kilómetro 31 director Rigoberto Castañeda is a busy, busy man.

Shortly after the success of feature film debut, he followed with another horror film but since the 2007 release of Blackout, we haven’t heard much from the director. For a while there was talk that he was working on a follow up to Kilómetro 31 which would take place a few years after the events of the first film but that project seems to be stuck, for the moment at least, in some sort of development limbo. That’s not stopping Castañeda who currently has two other projects in development.

The first of the duo is Lázaro, a psychological thriller about a single mother who, after a mysterious death changes her life, escapes to the small town of Lázaro to rebuild her life. There isn’t much information on what makes this a psychological thriller though I expect she’s likely being following by someone or something. What we can say for sure is that Castañeda has mentioned that the film will have “allusions to death and resurrection.”

The second and most interesting of the two projects is Alegorías (Allegories), a fantasy tale set in 1940s Mexico. It’s the story of a shoemaker who discovers a parallel world under the streets of Mexico City called Alegorías and as suggested by the name, the city and film is an allegory of what it is to be Mexican.

Two, perhaps three, very different projects on the go for Castañeda. It’s been a few months since we’ve seen updates on these projects so your guess is as good as mine as to which will come first though I’ve got my hopes set on Alegorías. Not only did the film receive a Tribeca Film Institute $20,000 fellowship but underground cities that aren’t quite right tend to make for interesting stories (or at the very least, cool settings).

More to come as the projects develop!

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