Mexican Cinema Tries to Make People Stupid, Director Says
Mexican cinema died in the 1960s and was later reborn as a commercial formula based on TV shows, which set out to “dehumanize people and make them stupid,” Mexican director Iria Gomez Concheiro said.
“Mexican cinema died in the ‘60s, leaving behind one style in search of another much more commercial,” Gomez Cocheiro told a press conference over the weekend during the 21st edition of the Cine Ceara Ibero-American Film Festival, now being held at the Brazilian city of Fortaleza.
A new generation of young filmmakers is coming on the scene with the virtue of “doing things very differently,” the director said, but she criticized the lack of discussion about movies, the lack of “serious reviews,” and the lack of “trained critics.”
Gomez Concheiro said she was agreeably “surprised by the examples of filmmaking from Chile and Colombia,” but said that movies from other Latin American countries seldom reach Mexico.
The director presented this Saturday in Fortaleza her first work, the film “Asalto al Cine” (The Cinema Holdup), a prizewinner in the Film in Progress category for imcomplete projects in the last edition of the San Sebastian Film Festival.
The film, which tells the story of an attack on a movie theater by a group of youths trapped in their own reality, sets out to “attack Mexican cinema.”
“After seven years, I managed to attack Mexican cinema. It’s really hard to make an independent film in Mexico,” Gomez Concheiro said.
Source: Latin American Herald Tribune
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