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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


Kissing in the Rain and other long takes

6 May

Great Expectations is an imperfect film† and it isn’t put on lists of acclaim the way other Cuarón films are.  Nevertheless, it is still beautiful and I’m grateful to Jude Defensor of We Talk About Movies for reminding me.  For his submission to Encore’s All Wet blog-a-thon this week, he selected the scene below.

The rain is such a multi-sensorial experience that visuals alone don’t seem to do it justice. I ended up thinking of scenes that didn’t just show the rain but married it to music gorgeous enough to evoke that exquisite feeling of wet, cool drops falling on your skin and soaking into your clothes, or the even more exhilarating sensation of running through a wall of water.  Read more.

It is yet another beautiful long take, executed by who other than DP Emmanuel Lubezki, accompanied by Patrick Doyle’s unforgettable score. It’s actually because of the Scottish composer Doyle that I came to be interested in the work of Alfonso Cuarón.  Continue reading

Alfonso Cuarón to tell a Tale from the Hanging Head

31 Mar

In interviews with the Colubmia Spectator and the Huffington Post last week, New York based filmmaker and indie legend Sara Driver revealed that she and Cuarón, among others, will each contribute a story to an animated folk tale anthology currently in pre/production. Each of the Tales from the Hanging Head will be tied together by Marjane Satrapi (Persepolis), “with her incredibly animation.” Emir Kusturica and Michel Gondry are also attached. Here’s the catch:

The directors have to do every effect in camera or by light and shadow or in very tangible ways so that it brings magic to children. I also made all the fairy tales—I adapted them and brought them up to the present, so it’s also about bringing magic into the present day, for children and adults.

The idea for the film came about in a conversation between Driver and Strapi on their way back from the Küstendorf Festival (organized by Kusturica) in Serbia. Asleep in the back of the car with her head bobbing, she came up with a screenplay-to-be for a short film based on a Serbian folk story, and the inspiration for a collection of metamorphosis tales from around the world. Satrapi told her, “Sara, you have to call it Tales From the Hanging Head, because your head was bobbing in such a strange way!”

Via Collider

I’m always excited for a new Alfonso Cuarón project, but I think it’s even more exciting to hear that he is working on a “children’s movie.” Continue reading

AXN winners, Carlos Cuarón news, and decade’s end

22 Dec

The winners of the AXN Film Festival were announced at the Teatro Ángela Peralta  last week, selected from over five hundred short films entered from across Latin America by a jury which included Gael García Bernal, Diego Luna, Eduardo Noriega, Demián Bichir, Cecilia Roth, Alex Brendemuhl, Carlos Cuarón, Fina Torres, José Padilha, Marcos Jorge, and Simon Brand.  Read more here and here.

  • First Prize: Carlos Hernández (Colombia), Marina, la esposa del pescador
  • Second Prize: Juan Manuel Betancourt (Colombia) , Rojo Red
  • Third Prize: Maricarmen Merino (Costa Rica), El mar

Another short film recently receiving attention online is Carlos Cuarón’s  Juego de niños (2002).

Originally published in the journal Generación, the Quiñonera blog has recently posted online an essay by the filmmaker about his experience with the nonprofit community created to disseminate contemporary art engaged with the real world.  “The Quiñonera is a place of convergence and divergence, loves and heartbreaks, friendships and hatreds, work and leisure. It is a space of creation and recreation.”  Read more.

More recently, the Cuarón has been promoting his book on his most recent work and first feature film Rudo y Cursi, due for release in Spain and across Latin America.   The text includes not only production notes and exclusive photos, but also essays on fraternity, soccer, and society by Félix Fernández and Sabina Berman  Read more.

Unsurprisingly, Alfonso Cuarón’s films have made a number of “decade’s best” lists drawn up as the year comes to an end, notably Y tu mamá también and Children of Men.  There is little new said about these awesome films, but IndieWire has republished its 2002 interview entitled ‘Not Another Teen Movie: Alfonso Cuarón on Truth, Style and “Y Tu Mamá También”.’ Check it out.

Catching up (I)

14 Nov

Since September, Cuarón made the news not only by signing a controversial petition by the Société des Auteurs et Compositeurs Dramatiques’ (SACD) protesting the extradition of Roman Polanski from Switzerland for an outstanding warrant dating back to his 1977 rape conviction but also for his participation in  Autism Speaks‘ “I am Autism” campaign (details below the cut).

More recently, HR reported that the director was in early stage talks to direct the remake of Jérôme Salle’s The Tourist (original title: Anthony Zimmer) , replacing Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck (The Lives of Others), originally attached to the project.  Variety reports that the production is to finally begin in February after a number of cast and crew changes since 2005.  However, as recently as last week, von Donnersmarck asserted that he was still attached to the project.  “In the trades, everything they say…I think you can discount a lot of it.  It’s just a way of talking about the business, and sometimes things get out about heated points of discussion. We’ll see how it plays out with that one.”

In October, the finalists for the AXN Film Festival were announced.  Jury members – including Gael García Bernal, Diego Luna, and Carlos Cuarón, among others – selected ten short films from across South America which will air on AXN from 15th November to to 6th December in Brazil, Mexico, Columbia, Argentina, and Venezuela.  The winner will be announced Sunday, 13th December.  Read moreThe Sunday Times carried an interview with Carlos and Alfonso Cuarón by Beverley D’Silva ahead of of the DVD release of Rudo y Cursi in the UK mid-November.  The brothers discussed their relationship growing up and making films, “Writing [Y tu mamá también], we were laughing like crazy and getting very excited. We learnt that the only way to make things happen is to take control of your material from the get-go. And it all happened from there.”

Apologies for the great delay! Continue reading

A Boy and his Shoe expected mid-2010

3 Sep

Milenio reports: Expect to see A Boy and his Shoe hit the big screens in mid-2010.

The story, written by the director and his son Jonás Cuarón, relates the experiences of a French employee who moves to Scotland with her two children who encounter a series of problems from the time they arrive culminating in great drama.

In addition to previously mentioned Charlotte Gainsbourg and Daniel Auteuil,  actors Guillaume Canet and Pam Ferris are now attached to the project, which should begin to film shortly (although it is not known whether it will film on location or in studio). Read more.

In other news, IndieWire reports that IFC has signed with Criterion to distribute a special Criterion edition of Y tu mamá también, among other films, for 2010 release.  “Criterion has always presented a mix of international classics and director-approved editions of important contemporary films, so this new slate of releases fits our mission perfectly. These films are future classics, and we’re very excited about the opportunity to work with the filmmakers to present them in great editions right from the start,” said Criterion’s Peter Becker.    Read more.

Also, Women & Hollywood (from a feminist perspective) have pointed out a recent Newsweek article profiling female directors from Mexico.  Says Melissa Silverstein from Women & Hollywood, “It’s interesting to note that the movies by the women described in the piece are more gritty and realistic and about life in Mexico whereas most of the film made by the prominent Mexican men and more fantasy and action drive.”

Y tu mamá también screening in LA

14 Dec

Los Angeles area residents have the fortune to see Y tu mamá también on screen again as part of the Los Angeles Classic Films series. “The Los Angeles Classic Films Early Report is a listing of classic films playing in Los Angeles for the next month. We list films made from 1999 back (with a few notable exceptions), playing in theaters, museums, and other locations.” The film will show this coming Thursday, 18 December at 230, 500, and 730pm at the Laemmle Royal Theatre. Read more.