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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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Mexicans who shone in 2011

2 Jan

Excelsior has listed Alfonso Cuarón and Guillermo del Toro, for their work on two of 2012’s most highly anticipated movies Gravity and Pacific Rim, as two of the Mexican stars who shone brightest in 2011, alongside actress Salma Hayek, director Gerardo Naranjo, and actors conquering new territory, Demian Bichir, Kuno Becker, Martha Higareda, and Paulina Gaitán.  Charolastras Gael García Berna and Diego Luna were also lauded for their Canana Films productions this year as well as their acting.  Read more.

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.

Success at Venice

6 Sep

Success at Venice for Gerardo Naranjo, whose Voy a explotar won him a standing ovation at the Venice Film Festival last Monday night, as well as personal congratulations from Guillermo Arriaga and producers Gael García Bernal and Diego Luna (Canana Films). Next, the director of Drama/Mex (2006) will go to the Toronto International Film Festival (showing tomorrow: Sunday, 7 September; and again: Tuesday, 9 September) and the New York Film Festival (showing 28 and 29 September). Read more.

Ramon, the son of a sleazy right-wing congressman, contributes to his new high school’s talent show by ineptly attempting to hang himself on stage. Maru is the only one who claps. They bond in detention, and then it’s off in a stolen Volkswagen with daddy’s gun to the end of the night… or something like that.

Also at Venice, Carlos Armella‘s short film Tierra y pan has been awarded the Golden Lion. Read more. Also in competition at these end-of-summer festivals in Guillermo Arriaga‘s The Burning Plain. And the Coen brothers’ Burn after Reading is out, with film work by Emmanuel Lubezki.  I’m looking forward to it.

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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