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Welcome to the first edition of Latin Beat! I'll be your host, spearheading a collection of news, notes, and other sundry items of interest to our worldwide readership, featuring contributions from our team of writers located throughout Latin America.

We begin modestly, with news on local films in Chile and a Mexican film that is poised to make a big splash in France.

Jaime Grijalba Gomez, Matías Garrido H. and Eric Ortiz Garcia contributed to this story.


Jaime Grijalba Gomez reports:

"Local films are currently being released into theaters every week. This is because new distribution companies in Chile have received grants from the government to release Chilean films on many screens."

The next two releases:

May 1: I'm So Much Better Than you (Soy mucho mejor que vos)

An urban comedy, written and directed by Che Sandoval.

Matias Garrido adds:

"They are now running a pretty strong viral campaign with the main character tweeting and creating memes with stills from the movie.

"The movie is about Naza, a 40 year old man living a midlife crisis, his life being a trainwreck and getting his macho-ego crushed by his ex-girlfriend being successful, so he goes on in the bohemian night of Santiago, looking for revenge sex and easy satisfaction."

Look for Jaime's review, which will be published shortly.

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