Tag Archives: Jorge Fons

What does it take to film in Mexico City?

20 May

Earlier this month, Excélsior‘s Lucero Calderón profiled several Mexico City sites that have been immortalized in film, including el Palacio Nacional, el Castillo de Chapultepec, and la Basílica de Guadalupe, as well as la Torre Latinoamericana, which was featured in Alfonso Cuarón’s first feature, Sólo con tu pareja.  The tower, which was completed in 1956, features prominently in the film, but makes its mark in a very cinematic suicide attempt (it’s not a spoiler if it’s the premise of the story) by protagonist Tomás Tomás (Daniel Giménez) and his neighbour (Claudia Ramírez).

See below the cut for the full list of her picks (with English-language links).  Inspired?  Calderón also spoke to Fernando Uriegas, head of the Mexico City Film Commission, to find out exactly what it takes to get permission to film in Mexico City.  Read more.

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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