Mexican Film Selected for Rome Film Fest's Official Competition

The Rome Film Festival announced yesterday its official lineup for this year’s 7th edition, which will take place November 9-17 at the Italian capital, and includes the Mexican film Mai Morire (pictured) directed by Enrique Rivero, as the only Latin American film in its official competition.

Starring Margarita Saldaña, Amalia Salas and Juan Chirinos, Mai Morire tells the story of Chayo, and her return to her hometown of Xochimilco, a place of incomprehensible beauty, in order to care for he elderly mother and cope with her death. In the process, she must give up something that as a woman and mother is inalienable: her freedom. Spanish-born filmmaker Enrique Rivera presents his sophomoric drama after his 2008 acclaimed debut feature Parque Via.

The Festival also announced part of the lineup for its Cinema XXI which includes the Argentine/Nicaraguan documentary El ojo del tiburón / The Eye of the Shark by Alejo Hoijman, the Brazilian film O batuque dos astros by Júlio Bressane and the Brazilian-produced omnibus film Invisible World/ Mundo invisível by international filmmakers Wim Wenders, Theo Angelopoulos, Atom Egoyan, Manoel De Oliveira, Guy Maddin, Marco Bechis, Laís Bodanzky, Maria de Medeiros, Jerzy Stuhr and Gian Vittorio Baldi.

Additionally, it was announced that Dominican filmmaker Laura Amelia Guzmán (Cochochi, Jean Gentile), will be a member of this year's jury for First and Second Films.