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London MexFest this weekend

16 Aug

The British Council, the Mexican National Council for Culture and the Arts (Conaculta), and the Mexican Film Institute (IMCINE), the Morelia International Film Festival, Ambulante, and Canana Films present London MexFest, with the support of the Mexican Tourism Board and the Mexican Embassy in the United Kingdom. Lucky Londoners in town Friday through Sunday can visit Mexico’s cultural presence at the London 2012 Summer Games.  The opening night premiere of the documentary Made in Mexico (Duncan Bridgeman) is sold out, but you can still check out dozens of film screenings, free music, industry panels, and photographic exhibitions.

Click here for the  full program.  You can also see the screening schedule below the cut. Continue reading

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Año uña in Mexico, Rudo y Cursi on DVD, and more

22 Jul

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: Continue reading

Latino Film Festival in New York

21 Jul

Distinct from the Hola México Film Festival I mentioned last month that also begins this week (23 to 29 July), New York City also hosts the New York International Latino Film Festival, presented by HBO and beginning tomorrow. It runs from 22 to 27 July. Click here for more information.

Also, ongoing in Mexico is the a film festival in the state of Guanajuato (XI Festival de Cine Expresión en Corto). It began in San Miguel de Allende running 18 to 22 July and continues from 23 to 27 in the Guanajuato Capital city. Deepa Mehta spoke today at a public conference in San Miguel. The Indo-Canadian director praised Mexican filmmakers like Guillermo del Toro (with whom she shared the 2007 Oscar nomination in the foreign film category) and Carlos Reygadas, but also spoke out against police inaction on crimes against women since 1994, especially in Ciudad Juarez. Read more.

Meanwhile, Gael García Bernal’s directorial debut Déficit has just screened at Ischia. Expressing his desire to get back behind the camera, the actor-director said, “I liked to learn the grammar of cinema with low budget film, and a small crew.” Read more.

Not really a “new wave,” says producer, as Déficit premieres

7 Jun

“Nobody here talks to each other,” laughs producer Pablo Cruz, speaking to Scott Macaulay from FilmInFocus about the scope of his work. Realising the success of the “three amigos” (del Toro, Cuarón, and González Iñárritu), Cruz and actors Diego Luna and Gael García Bernal founded the company Canana Films, which has already produced a documentary about the Mexican boxer J.C. Chavez (Luna) and Drama/Mex (Gerardo Naranjo) which premiered at Cannes, among others, including two more currently in post-production. Click here to read more about the difficulties and rewards of making Mexican film in Mexico.

Gael García Bernal’s directorial debut Déficit (also produced by Canana) opened to Mexican cinemas from Granada last weekend after screenings at several international film festivals last year (including Toronto and Cannes). With a critique of class struggle as it exists in Mexico, Déficit, also starring the first-time director, tells the story of two wealthy brothers organising a party in which both poor workers and rich friends are in attendance.

On his first time behind the camera, he told Rocío García of El País:

The Russians said that making movies is sculpting time. To the directors this is obvious, but for me, it was a discovery. Read more.

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