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Not showing in Mexico: Its own movies

MEXICO CITY - "The Untamed" ("La Region Salvaje"), a Mexican thriller about sex, lies and a mysterious monster, won the Silver Lion directing award for filmmaker Amat Escalante when it premiered at the 2016 Venice International Film Festival. Three years earlier, Escalante won the director prize at the Cannes Film Festival for his graphic drug trafficking drama "Heli."

It's no wonder "The Untamed" was quickly picked up for distribution in the U.S. and across Europe.

But not in Mexico.

Mexico's film scene is booming, with a record 175 films made here last year. And in Hollywood, Mexican directors seem to be a key to success at the Oscars. Guillermo del Toro's "The Shape of Water" is the odds-on favorite to win the Academy Award for directing Sunday, and three

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