After screening at international festivals for the last two years, Año uña finally premiered today in Mexico (after a delay due to the H1N1 epidemic). Speaking to Reuters, director Jonás Cuarón shared his belief in the film’s universal appeal overcoming any linguistic barriers. “Adolescent guarrada* is universal, whether in Japan, Mexico, or England; all thirteen year olds are filthy,” he remarked. Read more.
Also, Rudo y Cursi comes out on DVD and Blu-ray on 25th August:
Childhood friends Diego Luna (Milk, Frida) and Gael García Bernal (Babel, The Motorcycle Diaries) reunite on screen for the first time since Y Tu Mamá Tamibién in Rudo Y Cursi, debuting on Blu-ray™ and DVD August 25 from Sony Pictures Home Entertainment. In this fun-filled, comedic drama, rival brothers, Beto and Tato, leave their banana plantation behind for the big city and their dream of playing professional soccer in Mexico. But the high life of fame, fortune and women begin to jeopardize their new found success and the brothers must put away their rivalry or risk losing everything. Features include deleted scenes, director and actor commentaries and a “making of” featurette. Read more.
In other news, Filmeweb indicates that Rudo y Cursi and Déficit will be included in the 2009 edition of the Diccionario de directores del cine mexicano. Originally covering Mexcian film history from 1896 to 2000, film critic and author Perla Ciuk “captured the dynamics of the period from 2000 to 2008, including 127 new directors,” in the new two-volume edition. In addition to the hard facts, the book also includes interviews with filmmakers and principal photography. Read more.
Mike Leader alerts us to the 14th issue of Films & Festivals which focuses this month on Latin American cinema. On the cover is Gael García Bernal, and the feature includes interviews with Bernal, Luna, and Cuarón. Alfonso Cuarón also discusses the Mexican film industry at large. You can read the full issue here. Promoting the UK premiere of Rudo y Cursi earlier this month, Bernal also spoke to the Telegraph, and US Post Today also carries an interview.
Guillermo del Toro also appeared on Charlie Rose to promote his new vampire novel, The Strain, co-written with Chuck Hogan. However, they covered a wide range of subjects, which Craig Kennedy of Living in Cinema has covered.
Dallas Morning News announced the return of the Vistas Film Festival in Dallas, Texas after taking a break in 2008. The tenth edition of the film festival runs from 17th to 20th September. Executive Director Elida DeLuna expects that many of about 40 films to be presented will discuss the border between the United States and Mexico. Alfonso Cuarón is expected to attend. Read more.
The director is also reportedly participating in a world march for peace this fall. Spokeswoman Bárbara Altamirano told Notiver that the march was born out of Mexico after the coup d’état in Honduras to create awareness about the dangerous world we live in and call for the rejection of not only physical violence, but also economic, racial, phychological, religious, and sexual violence. The march begins 2 October in New Zealand and will cross 90 countries, including Mexico, and is schedule to be completed 2 January 2010 in Argentina. Festivals and conferences are planned to coincide with the march. Read more.
*I wish I knew how to translate this. WordReference says “filthy,” but I feel like there’s got to be a more precise translation in the English language.