It is the story of the two best friends, Pedro Malo y Jorge Bueno, they dated Maria (Jorge´sister)and Rosario (Pedro´s cousin) together they are nice and funny couples. One year has passed and the couples no longer are together, Jorge got his car to a services station when and old friend told him that Pedro has return to the village, they are no longer friends, in fact they are enemies because, Pedro has, short ago, get married Jorge´s girlfriend, Rosario.Read More »
Ismael Rodríguez – Dos tipos de cuidado AKA Two Careful Fellows (1953)1951-1960ComedyIsmael RodriguezMexicoRomance
Jonás Cuarón – Año uña AKA Year of the Nail (2007)2001-2010ComedyDramaJonás CuarónMexico
What could be more austere than the first film directed by Alfonso Cuarón’s young son Jonás, who also takes credits for script and photography? Like Chris Marker’s 1962 film La Jetée (the only other example that springs to mind), this is a moving picture that doesn’t move, being told only through still photographs. Moreover the first 20 minutes are in black and white and it is even longer before we hear any music, playing (briefly) on a car radio. Yet this story of the tentative cross-cultural romance between horny Mexican teenager Diego and oversensitive American college student Molly turns out to be, against all the odds, as charming as it is challenging. Indeed, for long stretches I simply forgot that the images were still, so engrossing was the plot and so endearing the characters.Read More »
Jaime Humberto Hermosillo – La pasión según Berenice AKA The Passion of Berenice (1976)Jaime Humberto Hermosillo1971-1980DramaMexicoThriller
Berenice (Navarro) is a woman with a mysterious past. A scar crosses her face and nightmares of fire and horses fill her lonely nights. She maybe killed her husband but nobody can be sure. In the present, Berenice lives with her godmother (Roldán) a money lender so fragile that she’s always resting in her bed. The two women live in an almost perpetual seclusion, except on Sundays when they go to the church and to the movies. One day, the godmother’s doctor dies and she asks Berenice to go to his velatory. There they meet Rodrigo (Armendáriz Jr.) the doctor’s son, a handsome and free-spirited young man for whom Berenice falls in love.Read More »
Ismael Rodríguez – Los hermanos Del Hierro (1961)1961-1970DramaIsmael RodriguezMexicoWestern
MY SON, THE HERO (1961)
In northern Mexico, in the early twentieth century, Reynaldo and Martín Del Hierro are witnesses of the murder of their father by Pascual Velasco. Spurred to vengeance by their mother, they grow up to carry out a vendetta against the killer. But their revenge only begets more violence, a cycle the brothers are helpless to stop.Read More »
Fernando de Fuentes – El fantasma del convento AKA The Phantom of the Convent (1934)1931-1940AdventureFernando de FuentesHorrorMexico
Alfonso, Eduardo and Cristina get lost when visiting a forest. A strange monk finds them and takes them to an ancient convent. There, the three amigos suffer personality changes, specially Cristina who tries to seduce Alfonso in a strange coincidence to a story told by an old monk. After some efforts to escape, Alfonso is trapped inside a jail and more strange and macabre situations happen.Read More »
Nicolás Pereda – Dear Chantal (2021)2021-2030MexicoNicolás PeredaShort Film
A mysterious, moving, miniature homage to Chantal Akerman, conceived as a series of playfully impossible letters addressed to the deceased cinema great that respond to her fictitious enquiry about renting his luminous Coyoacan apartment.Read More »
Rogelio A. González – La sangre enemiga AKA The Enemy Blood (1971)1971-1980CrimeDramaMexicoRogelio A. González
A group of people suffering from mental retardation, blindness and physical malformations work in a traveling circus.
If there is a controversial Mexican cinema that tried to renew itself, it is undoubtedly that of the seventies. A tough and sad drama that tackles thorny and controversial issues under a trashy layer of violence, sex and exploitation. I give it high marks for the audacity of filming this at that time of censorship, unthinkable that today something like this (so politically incorrect) would be filmed in Mexican cinema.Read More »
René Cardona Jr. – La casa que arde de noche (1985)1981-1990DramaEroticaMexicoRené Cardona Jr.
A prostitute enters a brothel and establishes a rivalry disguised as affection with the old owner. She manages to take over the business and the old lady’s lover. After disputes with her now lover, she leaves the brothel, only to find out the next day that the old lady has died. Then, due to a passionate outburst, the new owner sets fire to the brothel and dies along with her lover.Read More »
Nicolás Echevarría – Eco de la montaña AKA Echo of the Mountain (2014)2011-2020DocumentaryMexicoNicolás Echevarría
Echo of the Mountain presents a look into the life and work of Santos de la Torre, a great Huichol artist who, like his people, lives in oblivion. Ironically, one of Santos’ murals was selected by then-President Ernesto Zedillo to represent Mexican culture in a privileged location in Paris. The artist was never paid for his work. We will follow Santos during his pilgrimage to Wirikuta, where he will ask the gods’ for permission to create a new mural. This new mural will portray the history, mythology, and religious practices of the Huichol people. We will take the audience on a journey across 385 miles of the “Peyote Route,” which is in danger of disappearing unless it receives the protection of UNESCO.
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