Tucson Cine Mexico 2010 – University of Arizona – 4th/7th March

24/02/2010 at 9:20 pm Leave a comment

The University of Arizona’s Hanson Film Institute and The Consulate of Mexico in Tucson present Tucson Cine Mexico 2010, a festival of Mexican film. Tucson Cine Mexico 2010 is the most prominent film festival in the US focusing entirely on the work of Mexican directors, with each screening being the Arizona premiere. Tucson Cine Mexico 2010 is sponsored by Cox and Harkins Theaters. All screenings and events are free and open to the public and will take place Thursday, March 4 through Sunday, March 7, 2010.

Mexican cinema is at an exceptional moment. Never before have Mexican directors attracted so much attention in the international film arena. Beyond the now-household names of González Iñárritu, Cuarón, and del Toro, there’s an exciting generation of young filmmakers from different regions in the country who are drastically changing how Mexicans see and represent themselves on the big screen, and challenging traditional notions of Mexican culture and identity. The exciting wave heralded at the beginning of this decade by films such as Amores perros and Y tu mamá también has given way to a strong body of work making Mexico an exciting player in world cinema.

This year’s festival features a mix of award-winning contemporary films and documentaries, kicking off with Ambulante’s El general/The General, winner of the Audience Award and Best Documentary Feature at the Cine Las Americas Film Festival in 2009. Natalia Alamda, the director, will be present for the screening and participate in a Q & A. Almada was awarded the Documentary Directing Award at the 2009 Sundance Film Festival for her work on El general/The General and has been nominated for the Film Independent Spirit Truer Than Fiction Award 2010.

“It is a great honor to present the latest documentary of the accomplished director Natalia Almada and provide audiences in Tucson an opportunity to hear her speak about her work,” said Vicky Westover, Hanson Institute Program Director. Westover goes on to say, “Plutarco Elías Calles, The General, was the great-grandfather of the filmmaker. Her epic family memoir transcends the personal and cinematically illustrates the last 100 years of Mexico’s history.”

The screening of El general/The General at the Harkins Theater will be followed by an opening night party at the Tucson Museum of Art and a screening of the Trópico de Cáncer/Tropic of Cancer, a poignant and powerful documentary included in “The Best Latin American Films of the Decade” list and winner of Mexico’s most prestigious award, the Ariel. Carlos Gutierrez, Latino film expert and Co-Founder & Co-Director of Cinema Tropical, a distinguished promotion and distribution organization for Latin American cinema located in New York, NY, will provide an introduction to the film.  The party will also feature live music, refreshments, and guest filmmakers.

Another highlight of the festival will be the Arizona premiere of Arráncame la vida/Tear This Heart Out, Mexico’s costliest film production and biggest box office hit to date, based upon the bestselling book by Ángeles Mastretta. Arráncame la vida/Tear This Heart Out is the compelling story of a young woman searching for freedom and identity in Mexico’s 1930s and is Mexico’s Academy Award entry.

Tijuaneados anónimos: una lágrima, una sonrisa/Tijuanans Anonymous: A Teardrop, a Smile was an Official Selection of the Festival Internacional de Cine de Morelia. The documentary shines its focus on Tijuana, the vibrant border city and examines how violence and lack of leadership affects the daily lives of its inhabitants. Ana Paola Rodríguez España, the co-director and Ambulante outreach coordinator, Amanda Sucar will be present for the screening and participate in a Q @ A.

A la mar/To The Sea generated a tremendous amount of critical acclaim during the Toronto International Film Festival 2009 and will screen at the prestigious Berlin Film Festival 2010. With stunning cinematography, Alamar/To The Sea, illustrates the beauty of indigenous/Mayan knowledge, while a father and his young son embark on an epic journey into the open sea.

The tragic-comic youth film Voy a explotar/I’m Gonna Explode was a hit at both the Venice and Toronto Film Festival. Directed by Gerardo Naranjo, Voy a explotar/I’m Gonna Explode is a cutting edge work illustrating the current wave of creativity coming from Mexico’s next generation of young filmmakers.

Los bastardos/The Bastards, a shocking and violent examination of the travails of Mexican immigrants and the woman they kidnap, was featured at the prestigious Cannes Film Festival as well as film festivals in Rotterdam and Los Angeles. Directed by Amat Escalante and produced by the prolific Jaime Romandía, Los bastardos/The Bastards, is a high art film examining the depths of human brutality.  Awards include the best Mexican film at the Morelia Film Festival.

A comedic look at death and Passover meals, Cinco días sin Nora/Nora’s Will was the winner of the Grand Coral Award at the Havana Film Festival and the Best Director Award at the Moscow International Film Festival. Director Mariana Chenillo has taught at the prestigious CCC (Centro de Capacitación Cinematográfica) since 2005 and will be present for the Tucson Cine Mexico 2010 screening of her film.

“We are very excited about the quality of the films selected for the Tucson Cine Mexico 2010,” said Norma Carbajal, Community Outreach Coordinator for the Mexican Consulate. She adds, “These films showcase the diverse work of Mexico’s vibrant filmmaking industry. This will be the only opportunity to see these films on the big screen in Tucson.”

All films will be screened at the Harkins Spectrum Theatres, with the exception of the Trópico de Cáncer/Tropic of Cancer, which will be screened during the opening night party at the Tucson Museum of Art.

Tucson Cine Mexico 2010 is presented in association with the Tucson Film Office, UA School of Media Arts, UA Western Hemispheric Programs, Cinema Tropical, Aeromexico, UA Department of Spanish and Portuguese, UA Center for Latin American Studies, Wells Fargo Bank, and the Ambulante Traveling Documentary Film Festival with additional support from, Metropolitan Tucson Convention & Visitors Bureau, Mexican Foreign Ministry, Tucson Museum of Art, and UA College of Humanities and Grupo Modelo/Corona Extra. Festival media sponsors are Univision/Telefutura Tucson, 102.1 KCMT La Caliente and La Estrella de Tucsón / The Arizona Daily Star.

A complete guide to Tucson Cine Mexico 2010 is available upon request and can be found at http://clas.arizona.edu/cinemexico.

All films are in Spanish with English subtitles.

Screenings venues: Harkins Theatres Tucson Spectrum 18, located at 5455 S. Calle Santa Cruz (www.harkinstheatres.com) and the Tucson Museum of Art, located at 140 North Main Avenue (www.tucsonmuseumofart.org).

The Hanson Film Institute at The University of Arizona offers programs for students, emerging filmmakers, and media entrepreneurs who want to contribute significantly to the art and/or business of filmmaking and have an influential role in the film industry. Serving diverse, underrepresented, and new voices, the Hanson Film Institute creates and advances a dynamic understanding of the collaborative dimensions of the art and business of film. The Hanson Film Institute provides and supports educational programs, public events, and creative projects.

The Institute operates under the auspices of The University of Arizona College of Fine Arts and works in partnership with the School of Media Arts. The Institute collaborates with interested divisions at The University and with diverse community organizations.

The Consulate of Mexico in Tucson works alongside local organizations to strengthen the ties of friendship and understanding between Mexico and the US through art. This festival belongs to series of events in commemoration of Mexico’s Bicentennial of Independence and Centennial of the Revolutionary War.

The School of Media Arts prepares students to create, to produce, and to understand the significance of film and television. It sustains excellence in the teaching of creative expression, aesthetic appreciation, practical knowledge, and scholarship of film, television, related media and their relationships to other arts. The School provides professional preparation in the art of filmmaking, as well as preparing students for scholarly activity in media arts. It encourages interdisciplinary teaching and research within the College of Fine Arts and promotes public understanding of media through outreach in Arizona and the Southwest.

Ambulante is a traveling documentary film festival carried out by the non-profit organization Documental Ambulante A.C., in collaboration with Canana, Cinepolis and the Morelia International Film Festival. It was created in 2005 by Gael Garcia Bernal, Diego Luna, and Pablo Cruz, with the purpose of promoting the exhibition of documentaries in Mexico, as well as documentary production. During the tour, both Mexican and international documentaries are shown in Cinepolis theatres and more than 60 additional venues, in several cities around the country, between February and May every year.

For more information contact Vicky Westover, Program Director, at vwestove@email.arizona.edu or (520) 626-9825.

Admission: Free

Click here to download the brochure


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