Mexico’s film industry,long admired for its Golden Age of Cinema in the 1940’s and 1950’s,has enjoyed a strong resurgence in recent years,both domestically and abroad. From Hollywood to Cannes to the shores of the Riviera Maya and Cabo San Lucas,directors are ensuring that Mexican cinema will not just survive,but also prosper,long into the future.
“Mexico’s film directors have been on an exceptional run in recent years,” writes the Washington Post. “Alejandro Gonzalez Iñarritu,whose first feature film,‘Amores Perros,’ was nominated for an Academy Award in 2000,came out with the well-received ‘Birdman’ this year,” writes the Washington Post. “The more fantastically minded Guillermo Del Toro has directed movies such as ‘Hellboy’ and ‘Pan’s Labyrinth.’ Last year,Alfonso Cuarón became the first Mexican to win the Oscar for best director for his film ‘Gravity.’
Mexican cinema first reached its peak at Cannes with back-to-back Best Director prizes in 2012 and 2013,which rewarded directors Amat Escalante for “Heli” and Carlos Reygadas for “Post Tenebras Lux.” Mexico’s growing film industry will receive more honors this year at Cannes,which will feature Del Toro participating in the jury and “Chronic,” which was directed by Michel Franco and is in the running for the festival’s top Palme d’Or award. In addition,this year’s Cannes Film Festival featured a spotlight on Mexican producers May 17 presented by Mexico’s Imcine film agency at a themed breakfast.
According to PBS,Mexican films are also starting to gain ground at the box office,such as the romantic comedy “Instructions Not Included,” which set the record in 2013 as the highest-grossing Spanish language film to ever be played in U.S. theaters. In addition,prominent Mexican stars and directors like Eugenio Derbez and Cuarón are carrying the buzz all the way from Hollywood to every theater in Mexico,infusing new hope into budding directors and actors nationwide. Most recently,Luis Estrada’s film “La Dictadura Perfecta” took on the government and media in Mexico and,despite an unconventional release,went on to become the highest grossing Mexican film of the year in 2014 and the third highest of all time.
Finally,it’s important to mention that Mexico itself has entered the international film festival arena,with the Riviera Maya Film Festival happening right now in Cancun and will visit nearby Isla Mujeres and Tulum over the coming weeks until it wraps for the year on Saturday,June 6. In addition,the Los Cabos International Film Festival will be held in Cabo San Lucas this fall from November 11-15,bringing reflective,bold and inspiring films to audiences from around the world.
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