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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


Gravity to open with 17 minute long take

12 Apr

Bill Desowitz (Immersed in Movies) reports that Alfonso Cuarón is “turning production on its head” with his upcoming feature Gravity.

Last week, the 5D Institute in association with the USC School of Cinematic Arts and Autodesk hosted the 5D | Flux Conference, at which Chris deFaria (Warner Bros. visual effects and animation) gave us an impression of what went into the filmmaking process.

Instead of trying to create real people and what they’re doing, let’s turn it around and create almost an entirely animated film and then backwards engineer the people into that film. As a matter of fact, let’s not even engineer the people into the film, let’s engineer their faces. But there was a big hiccup that we came to I didn’t realize until later, which was that we began building it as an animated film and Alfonso had an idea that he wanted the shots to be incredibly long.

In the end, the two hour film will contain only 156 shots, including many long takes “six, eight, ten minutes long.” The film is being post-converted into 3D, with visual effects led by Framestore.

Drew McWeeny (HitFix) made it to the talk as well, and confirmed some more details about the film’s premise.

The screenplay, by Alfonso Cuarón, Jonas Cuarón, and Rodrigo Garcia, deals with how a team tries to survive when a missile is fired at a satellite while they’re all at the International Space Station, and the explosion creates a chain reaction of debris moving at 30,000 kph, threatening their ability to ever make their way back to Earth.

The lone survivor (Sandra Bullock) of the space mission desperately tries to return to Earth and reunite with her daughter.

Gravity is due to cinemas November 21st this year.

Catching up (II)

18 Nov

Hollywood Reporter interviewed Rodrigo García when his film Mother and Child screened at the Toronto International Film Festival in September. Mother and Child is Cha Cha Cha’s first English-language production in their five-film contract with Universal.

Last but not least, Emmanuel Lubezki’s latest work for Nike: “Trail of Destruction (Alter Ego).”

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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.


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.

This would be more fulfilling if I understood Spanish

28 Nov

Also, Carlos Fuentes celebrated 80 years Tuesday, 11th November in Mexico City with a national tribute from “authorities, intellectuals, and Mexican society at large.” Yanet Aguilar Sosa reported from Monday’s discussion on cinema and literature for El Universal. Activities continue until the end of the month with festivities moving to Guadalajara Saturday, the 29th for the 22nd Annual Guadalajara International Book Fair, continuing until 3rd December.

Excelsior is also reporting that Naomi Watts and Annette Bening in upcoming Cha Cha Cha project Mother and Child by Rodrigo García. The budget is 7 million USD and the film is set to enter production early next year.

Cha Cha Cha news from Morelia

9 Oct

As well as Rodrigo García’s Mother and Child, production has begun for another Cha Cha Cha production. El Universal reports: Alejandro González Iñárritu’s still untitled new film will begin filming in Barcelona in two weeks, with Spanish actor Javier Bardem signed on.

La Cronica reports from the production company’s Morelia press conference that the promotional campaign for Rudo y Cursi will begin mid-November for the 500-screen winter release. Actors Diego Luna and Gael García Bernal spoke about how the Carlos Cuarón-penned film Y tu mamá también had changed his life. Mundo 52 also covers the event.

The actors and filmmakers also took part in the presentation of Ambulante 2009, dedicated to reclaiming public places, and spoke out about violence in Morelia. Read more.

Mother and Child; Tlatelolco remembered in film

5 Oct

Hollywood Reporter reports that Rodrigo García has begun work on his latest film Mother and Child, the second confirmed release from the three amigos’ (Alfonso Cuarón, Guillermo del Toro, and Alejandro González Iñarritu) new production company Cha Cha Cha. Filming in Los Angeles this coming winter, it “follows the intersecting lives of a 50-year-old woman, the daughter she gave up for adoption 35 years ago and a black woman looking to adopt a baby.” Casting is underway. Read more.

This past Thursday marked the 40th anniversary of the Massacre of Tlatelolco. Alonso Fragua writes in La Jornada de Oriente about Mexico’s filmic memory of if. “The important thing is not to forget but to prevent incidents like those of October 2, 1968 from recurring.” Read more. Alfonso Cuarón has a film México ’68 in pre-production that will deal with these events.