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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


Hola México

26 Jun

The Hola México Film Festival opens this summer in New York City. From 23 to 29 July, 13 films will screen. The festival was organised by 29 year old Samuel Douek who founded a similar festival in Sydney in 2006 while studying in Australia, to showcase Mexican films other than those by the famous ‘tres amigos’. Films, including Cannes Jury Prize winner Stellet licht by Carlos Reygadas, will show at Quad Cinema in Union Square. Read more.

Also in El Universal, Karl Rozemeyer interviews Patricia Riggen, whose La misma luna ignited a bidding war at the last Sundance, to discuss working in Mexico and the United States. Read more.

In other news, La Crónica announces that Cuarón and Italian film critic Annalisa Bugliani are separating. The two met at the Venice Film Festival in 2001. Read more.

La ultima luna top third grossing Mexican film in United States

22 May

Variety reports on director Patricia Riggen’s current projects in light of her success with La misma luna (a “drama about an immigrant mother and her son’s attempts to reunite with her from across the border”). Riggen’s first feature length film claimed the largest number of screens in America for a Spanish-language film and ranks third against Like Water for Chocolate (1992) by Alfonso Arau and Cuarón’s Y tu mamá también (2001) among the most successful Mexican films in the United States after a bidding war at the Sundance Film Festival. In Mexico it is the sixth highest all-time grossing film.

Currently Riggen is in pre-production for the film Sister in Law, written by Frank Deford and produced by Cathy Schulman and Jonathan Krauss for Mandalay Entertainment about a widow in love with her deceased husband’s brother. Next she will adapt Chilean-American author Isabel Allende‘s Daughter of Fortune (1999) in English with producer Raffaella de Laurentiis. Read more.