Mexico

Leobardo López Aretche – El Grito (1968)

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Banned until very recently, Arteche’s clandestine documentary chronicles a group of students’ movements in Mexico in 1968.

On July 22, 1968, two rival groups of male adolescent students fought each other in the Ciudadela neighbourhood of Mexico City; the next day the city government responded by sending policemen to stop the accompanying vandalism and to arrest the perpetrators. These riot police (granaderos) attacked the students so ferociously that protests were lodged. No one could have foreseen that both of these testosterone-driven events were the opening scene of the drama of the 1968 University-State conflict which climaxed in the Tlatelolco massacre. Read More »

Alejandro Jodorowsky – The Panic Fables Mystic Teachings and Initiatory Tales (2017)

The complete series of filmmaker Alejandro Jodorowsky’s spiritual comics, translated into English for the first time

• Contains all 284 of Jodo’s Panic Fables comics, published weekly from 1967 to 1973 in Mexico City’s El Heraldo newspaper

• Includes an introduction describing how the Panic Fables came to be

• Explains how he incorporated Zen teachings, initiatory wisdom, and sacred symbology into his Panic Fables, as well as himself as one of the characters
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Alejandro González Iñárritu – Biutiful (2010)

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This is the story of Uxbal, a man living in this world, but able to see his death, which guides his every move. Read More »

Emiliano Rocha Minter – Tenemos la carne AKA We Are the Flesh (2016)

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In what seems to be a post-apocalyptic world, a grubby middle-aged man goes about the business of survival in a derelict building. His solitary, wordless existence changes with the arrival of two ragged, starving young people. The older man, Christic, diabolical and off his head, feeds them eggs along with subversive thoughts, which recognize no conventional moral boundaries, until the boy – reluctantly – and the girl – readily – let go of all inhibitions and interdictions to descend into a lawless, frantic, primal state of blood and lust… Read More »

Amat Escalante – La región salvaje AKA The Untamed (2016)

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A couple in a troubled marriage locate a meteorite, initiating an encounter with a mysterious creature. Their lives are turned upside down by the discovery of the creature, which is a source of both pleasure and destruction. Read More »

Mitl Valdez – Los confines (1987)

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Mitl Valdez’s film Los confines (1987) is an adaptation of several works of fiction by the Mexican author Juan Rulfo. The director chose to adapt two short stories (“Talpa” and “¡Diles que no me maten!”) and an episode from the author’s first novel, Pedro Páramo. Valdez’s intent was to “capturar el sentido” of the Jaliscan author or, in other words, to remain faithful to certain elements of his writing while adjusting them to the filmic medium. Read More »

Gust Van den Berghe – Lucifer (2014)

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On his downfall from Heaven to Hell, Lucifer passes through the earthly paradise, a village in Mexico, where elderly Lupita and her granddaughter Maria live. Lupita’s brother Emanuel pretends he’s paralyzed so he can drink and gamble while the two women tend to the sheep. Lucifer senses an opportunity and plays the miraculous healer. He forces Emanuel to walk again, seduces Maria and makes Lupita doubt about her faith. He didn’t bring bad luck, he only illuminated the line between good and evil, where it didn’t exist before. Read More »