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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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Valladolid to honour Mexican cinema

13 May

EFE: The 57th edition of the Semana Internacional de Cine de Valladolid (a.k.a. la Seminici) will honour Mexico with a retrospective of twenty feature films, and screen a number of short films by Mexican filmmakers never before seen in Spain, including undistributed works by Iñárritu, Cuarón, and del Toro.

Festival director Javier Angulo explained that the retrospective will cover three generations of Mexican cinema, beginning with “first generation” director Jorge Fons, and including films produced before 2010.

The program is being coordinated by Iván Trujillo, currently director of the Guadalajara International Film Festival and former director of Mexico’s National Film Archive.  It will include panel discussion with directors, actors, and experts in Mexican cinema, including representatives from IMCINE (Instituto Mexicano de Cinematografía) and the Spanish press.  In recent years, Valladolid also hosted retrospectives of Indian, Swedish, and Brazilian cinemas.

The retrospective will take place 20-27 October.  Read more.

The official program is still TBA but the festival website is already up. Continue reading

Cinema Havana on Vimeo

9 May

Did you miss out on these spots three years ago?  It doesn’t look like www.cinemahavana.com is active anymore, but Jonás Cuarón and José María Yazpil’s shorts – produced to promote the brand of rum – can now be seen on Vimeo, thanks to the Lift.  These three shorts were filmed in Cuba, Catalonia, Morocco, and the North Pole over the course of 14 days.  See the first one below, filmed in la Habana, and the rest below the cut.

The Lift is a production company and creative studio based on Barcelona and Mexico City.  Carlos and Jonás Cuarón are both represented in Mexico by the Lift.  Read more.

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A few notes before going on hiatus

16 Aug

I will be leaving this week for a gap year behind the Great Firewall of China, where unfortunately, wordpress is blocked.  This fanblog will therefore be on hold for a while, unless I find a reliable proxy, but even then my internet access will not be as consistent as at home in Canada while I travel.  I hope to continue reporting blogging when I can, and most definitely when I return.  Cheers.

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El Economista and El Mercurio report: In ten short films, ten Mexican filmmakers will be putting together a film in the style of Paris, je t’aime to celebrate the hundredth anniversary of the Mexican Revolution.  Produced by IMCINE, Canana, and Mantarraya Producciones, each film will discuss the significance of the Revolution today.  “Imagine the potential for controversey,” said Gerardo Naranjo (Voy a explotar) who begins work on his contributiont next month, “I’m going to make something dynamic and violent that reflects what I think about the country.”  Other names attached include Spanish director Isabel Coixet, Alfonso Cuarón, the American Coen brothers, Gael García Bernal, Diego Luna, Carlos Reygadas, Amat Escalante, and Fernando Eimbcke.

Monsters & Critics reports that Alfonso Cuarón, as well as John Woo, among others, has expressed interest in an 80 million USD Hollywood adaptation of Hong Kong fantasy graphic novel series DevaShard.  Subsidiary of NBC Universal, CastleBright Studios bought the rights to the fantasty series feeling that a storyline based on Asian mythology would be the next big thing.  DevaShard is inspired by the Sanscrit epic, the Mahabharata, an important part of Hindu mythology.

Noticine reveals that Cha Cha Cha production Mother and Child, directed by Rodrigo García, will make its world premiere with a gala screening at the Toronto International Film Festival, which runs from 10 to 19 September.  Budgeted at 7 million USD, it was filmed in Los Angeles and concerns three women played by Annette Benning, Naomi Watts, and Kerry Washington, whose character is looking to adopt.

Festival de Lima

16 Aug

¿Te acuerdas de Lake Tahoe? (Rodrigo Plá), Desierto adentro (Fernando Eimbcke), Los bastardos (Amat Escalante), Intimidades de Shakespeare y Víctor Hugo (Yulene Olaizola), Mi vida dentro (Lucía Gajá), and Japón (Carlos Reygadas) were among the Mexican entries at the 12th edition of the Festival Latinoamericano de Cine, or Festival of Lima, in Peru, which concluded yesterday.

23 y.o. Mexcian actress Daniela Valentine (Lake Tahoe) spoke to Notimex and commented: We are enterring a new stage “of Mexico for the world” (de México para el mundo), far from the former view where productions were rejected internally.  Read more.