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“Documentary? Fiction?… simply, and finally, a film - albeit one of uncommon and delicately achieved beauty.” - Cinema Scope ... Hoping to impart something of his Mayan heritage, divorced father Jorge takes his young son Natan on a holiday to a picturesque native fishing village on the ... Read more
Chilean, exiled film director, Miguel ... Littin's new production gives an idealised view of guerilla movements in Latin America; its cinematic approach is sophisticated and the acting highly professional. The action is set in an imaginary country , where U. S. troops are organising a system of ... Read more
This, the second feature by Dana Rotberg one of Mexico's most exciting new filmmakers, is a rare and intense cinematic allegory with its magic-realist treatment of themes such as incest, religious fanaticism and sexual repression. Built around passions and obsessions of Bunuelian or Felliniesque ... Read more
Rafael Corkidi, who makes his directorial debut with Angels and Cherubs, has previously earned a reputation for his photography on Jodorosky's two films, Fando and Lis and El Topo. ... His imagery in this film, which he also photographed, is overtly surreal with a bold use of colour, and his ... Read more
“Two boys, a house, an uncomfortable mise-en-scène and the weight of violence. In a word: masterpiece.” - Sitges Film Festival ... From one of the most original voices in new Mexican cinema, Amat Escalante (Sangre), comes The Bastards - a nihilistic drama akin to a slow-motion spin on Michael ... Read more
Prolific Mexican video artist Ximena Cuevas continually produces biting and sardonic short works which interrogate and subvert states of normalcy. Part of the Dormimundo series, Cama is fascinated with the life of an inanimate object steeped in the values of family and tradition. A 'decent' ... Read more
“You want to make God laugh? Tell him your plans.” For José, the memories of his pro soccer career weigh heavy on his shoulders as he slaves in his brother's restaurant in New York City. When mesmerising waitress Nina is fired for being late to work, Jose jumps ship too and follows her into ... Read more
The black wind is a desert dust storm regarded as the worst enemy of the men building a railroad across the Great Altar Desert in Mexico. The film explores the dangerous adventures of its hero, a rough figure-of-circumstance trapped by conflicting devotion to his son and his own ambitions, and the ... Read more
Careful with Boots' is a naive folk art style of animation with songs sung by children set in Mexico with accidently charming subtitles. A turtle comes out of the sea to lay its eggs on the beac.h The village thief Boots decides to steal the eggs so he can buy "a big tape recorder a pair of blue ... Read more
Mexico 1949; Coral Fabre, a buxom, sensual, young nurse and mother, meets Nico who uses his looks to take advantage of women. Coral, immediately attracted to him, abandons her children and delves into his shady past to discover that he had murdered his wife. Putting this sensitive information to ... Read more
"The desert grows, and woe to him who conceals the desert within him..." - Friedrich Nietzsche ... Hot off the success of last year's award-winning La Zona, Rodrigo Plá doesn't put one step wrong in leading Mexico's cinematic resurgence with this epic drama, The Desert Within.Battling an earthly ... Read more
This twisted, superbly animated tale takes us on a journey to a very unconventional afterlife, populated by unruly skeletons with a penchant for boozing and big number stage shows. ... Read more
Eisenstein in Mexico: The Eternal Circle documents one of the least known, yet perhaps most influential, periods in the life of master filmmaker, Sergei Eisenstein. During his brief visit to Mexico, he produced over 200,000 feet of film in an attempt to capture the spiritual, geographical and ... Read more
In the tiny Mexican mountain village of Yohualichan, the majordomo who presided over the annual Colloquium has died. Conse­quently the resident Indians have not held the holy play, dedicated to Saint Michael but grounded in indigenous rites, for several years. The majordomo's son Olegario ... Read more
Presented in a fully restored print, this visceral, quasi-Western is credited as starting the ‘midnight movies' phenomenon. El Topo tells of a black-clad gunslinger whose yearning for spiritual enlightenment leads him into the desert on an adventure that defies rational explanation. As the ... Read more
"An exquisite study of a rapidly expanding cemetery at the center of Mexico's drug wars." - Variety ... In Mexico, the war on drugs has become a literal war, resulting in the bloodiest conflict since the Mexican Revolution. Nearly 35,000 people have been killed since 2007, and the narco-cemetery at ... Read more
Once there were two tramps, Vladimir and Estragon, who spent their days waiting for Godot. Now a young couple, Fando and Lis, go in search of a city called Tar. On the way their quest is harried by various beings. J. B. Priestley attempted a similar theme in his play, "They Came to a City". And ... Read more
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With poetry, montage, visceral imagery and fractured narrative, this remarkable mixed-media piece is an electrically charged journey into the mind of a volatile Latina pyromaniac poet. Fleeing urban America, Maria seeks catharsis in the lush, erotically dangerous jungles of Yucatan, Mexico ... Read more
Alberto resorts to disturbing and extravagant practices to break through the shell of his loneliness and fulfill his desires. This cheeky short film won the Grand Prix for Short film, Critics Week, Cannes 2002. ... Read more
In 1979, the words of Gaby Brimmer reached a wide readership in Mexico, with the release of her autobiography, a memoir chronicling a writer's struggle for self-expression - the stuff of many first hooks Yet this was no ordinary life, for Gaby Brimmer was born with physical disabilities so severe ... Read more
"We live off memories don't we?... And to remember is to live " states an elderly Mexican gentleman his leathery face telling as much a story as his words. The murder in 1923 of Juan Nepomuceno Perez Rulfo "Cheno", a landowner inthe Mexican state of Jalisco in Mexico and the grandfather of the ... Read more
Alex Cox has already made himself quite a reputation for eccentrtc humour (Repo Man) and an unflinching vision at the gritty truth of modern life (Sid and Nancy). Continuing in both courses, he has made his finest film yet in Highway Patrolman. Made in Mexico, (in Spanish) on a low budget, Cox ... Read more
“A scandal when first released, Mr Jodorowsky's movie is a dazzling, rambling, often incoherent satire on consumerism, militarism and the exploitation of third world cultures by the West. It unfurls like a hallucinogenic daydream.” - New York Times Although widely regarded as one of the best ... Read more
... ... This latest offering by one of Mexico's most prolific and outrageous commentators is a single shot — one angle, one com­position. The result is anything but one note; rather, the elimination of traditional film form impels us to focus on every gesture, every word, every sigh ... Read more
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