Friday, September 21, 2018

Roma and Ten New Mexican Trailers

By José Alberto Hermosillo
Roma and Ten New Mexican Trailers
From Sundance to Berlin - from Toronto to Morelia - from Guadalajara to Venice and Los Angeles, the richness of Mexican Cinema is generating multiple awards and rave reviews in the international festival circuit. 

This year, besides "Roma," the most recent work of the Oscar® winner director Alfonso Cuarón ("Gravity"), many more award-winning Mexican directors have accomplished beautiful works of fiction, enduring documentaries, and impressive animations --- some already a local box-office hits. 

While the films Made in Mexico are captivating audiences in festivals around the globe, the projects are facing the headache of distribution and accessibility to a broader audience. 

For many who would like to watch those remarkable pieces on the Big Screen, we leave a taste of another big wave of buen Cine Mexicano.

The year 2018 could be considered by many, one of the best years in Mexican Cinema. Here, we present the trailers of some of those excellent films worth your time:

Roma (2018)
Directed by Alfonso Cuarón
(Y tú mamá también, Children of Men)
Location: Ciudad de México
The Oscar winner director returns to his hometown to recount his most intimate and visceral history about growing up during the early 1970s in a country where politics, justice, and class struggle is reflected in stunning black & white cinematography.

La Negrada (2018)
Directed by Jorge Pérez Solano
Locations: Oaxaca, Mexico
The first controversial Mexican work of fiction relates to Afro-Mexicans from the Pacific Coast. This powerful film shows the diversity in skin tones of people hidden in the remote communities of Mexico. It premiered at the FICG 33 (Festival Internacional de Cine de Guadalajara).

Rush Hour (2018)
Directed by Luciana Kaplan
Locations: Los Angeles, Mexico City, Istambul
This ambitious documentary shows that commuting is tough. It reveals the frustration of people from three different countries who sit in traffic for hours. This film won Best Documentary at the Morelia International Film Festival.

Cuernavaca (2017)
Directed by Alejandro Andrade
Locations: Ciudad de México, Cuernavaca
The family drama starts when Andy’s mother gets killed. At age eleven, he moves in with hysterical his grandmother (Carmen Maura) in Cuernavaca. In the absence of his alcoholic father, Andy will find emotional support in the sneaky and sexual gardener.

Time Share (2018)
Directed by Sebastián Hofmann
Location: Acapulco
A surreal story set in a dystopian universe of a paradisiac resort on Mexico's Pacific coast.
The conflict is generated when two families, ready for leisure, are placed in the same bungalow by an invisible all-mighty mastermind who wants to make their lives miserable.
This work of fiction is a direct consequence of one of the most critical industries in Mexico: tourism. 
Winner of the Special Jury Prize, Sundance Film Festival.

Museo (2018)
Directed by Alonso Ruizpalacios
Locations: Ciudad de México, Acapulco, Chiapas.
The film, based on the most massive heist in Mexico’s history where Gael Garcia Bernal and Leonardo Ortigriz (Güeros) will burgle the World’s Largest Archeologic Museum. The crime that shocked an entire Nation was followed by thousands of concerned citizens who saw their past desecrated. 
Winner - Silver Bear Best Screenplay, Berlin Film Festival, 2018.

Nuestro Tiempo (2018)
Directed by Carlos Reygadas
(Japón, Silent Light)
Location: Altiplano
A film that juxtaposes its artsy look with its drama.  Due to the wife’s infidelity in the countryside, the marriage crumbles. The enduring love triangle premieres at the 75th Venice Film Festival.

The Eternal Feminine (2017)
Directed by Natalia Beristaín
Location: Ciudad de México
Rosario Castellanos was one of the most prominent females writers in the 1950’s. The biopic reflects Rosario’s most crucial moments. While teaching college, she empowers women, as her marriage and personal life collapses. 
Actress Karina Gini won the Silver Ariel (Mexican Oscar) for Best Actress. This film is also the winner of the Audience Award at the Morelia International Film Festival.  

Guerrero (2017)
Directed by Ludovic Bonleux
Location: Estado de Guerrero
We have never seen the War on Drugs up-close and personal as it shows in this film. Between the Narco and a corrupt government, the inhabitants of a small community realize their lives are trapped. Thousands vanish, and even more, are left orphans. 
The controversial documentary won the Social Justice Award at the Santa Barbara International Film Festival 2018.

Mamacita (2018)
Directed by José Pablo Estrada Torrescano
Location: Ciudad de México
Before becoming a film director, José Pablo promises to his glamorous grandmother, Mamacita, to make a movie about her life. When he finishes film school, he returns to fulfill that vow. In this documentary, he uncovers personal secrets, obsessions, and lies of the Mexican high-society, which includes those of his beloved grandmother. 
Official Selection Los Angeles Film Festival 2018.

Ana y Bruno (2017)
Directed by Carlos Carrera
(The Crime of Father Amaro)
Ana and her imaginary friend Bruno, plus a bunch of weird and cool characters, gear up for the adventure to rescue someone dear to her heart. It took ten years to produce this beautiful animated feature that Guillermo del Toro is calling “Pure gold.” 

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