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10 Reasons Why Mexico Deserves the Spotlight at Berlin

For its first Country in Focus program, the 2017 Berlin Festival could have chosen many countries in the world. Why Mexico? Variety drills down on 10 reasons:

1. World-class talent
Mexico is the third-biggest Oscar-winning nation in the world this decade. Only the U.S. and the U.K. have won more Academy Award trophies. France, with eight Oscars, trails Mexico’s 10. Beyond three director Oscars (“Gravity,” “Birdman,” “The Revenant”), Mexico has won two helming trophies at Cannes (2012’s “Post Tenebras Lux,” 2013’s “Heli”), a Venice Golden Lion and director prize (“Far Away,” “The Untamed”), and a Cannes screenplay award (“Chronic”).

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