London MexFest fast approaching, Highlights: Sci-Fi classics, Films, Documentaries, Shorts, Music and Exhibitions
Mexfest takes a special look at Sci-Fi classics from Mexico. These Lo-fi gems, which were enormously popular in the 50s and 60s, have garnered a huge fan base that includes Tarantino and Del Toro. Highlights include a masked wrestler repelling an invasion from Mars in aptly titled, Santo vs. the Martian Invasion (Santo el enmascarado de plata vs. la invasion de los marcianos), The Aztec Mummy vs the Human Robot (La momia Azteca contra el robot humano) and Venusian babes falling for a charro from Chihuahua in The Ship of Monsters (La nave de los monstruous).
Feature film highlights include two films by recent director of Miss Bala, Gerardo Naranjo, I’m Gonna Explode (Voy a explotar), which follows two rebellious teenagers and Drama/Mex, which follows two interlaced stories over the course of one day; We are what we are, (Somos lo que hay) directed by Jorge Michel Grau, a family of cannibals quest for flesh and Déficit directed by Gael Garcia Bernal, following a day in the life of a high-class snob.
Documentary film highlights include award-winning The tiniest place (El lugar más pequeño), by Tatiana Huezo, which follows the struggle of five families to rebuilt their lives in the middle of war, Draught (Cuates de Australia) by acclaimed director Everardo González, captures the exodus, the resistance and survival strategies of a community facing climatic adversity and a myriad of social problems.
Short film highlights include Carlos Cuarón’s The Second Bakery Attack starring Kirsten Dunst and Elisa Miller’s Watching it rain, winner of the Palm D’Or at Cannes and two programmes of vibrant, short animations including the Best Animated Short at Morelia International Film Festival, Black Doll (Prita Noire).
For years, acclaimed photographer Lourdes Grobet has studied Lucha Libre, the spectacular art of Mexican wrestling that has evolved from a sport to a kind of modern mythology, complete with its very own masked heroes and monsters that have spawned endless comic books and films charting their legendary exploits… This weird world is brought to life through an exhibition of sixteen photographs.
Exhibition inauguration: Friday 17th August (6pm)
Opening Times: Sat 18th – Sun 19th August (midday – 10pm)
Venue 2, Rich Mix
Spatial and social perceptions are challenged by visually impaired photographers at the Sensory Pop Up Studio – Developed by Ojos que Sienten/Sight of Emotion. This studio will offer new audiences a sensory experience that integrates visually impaired and young people from marginalized groups into communal environments with the general public. It aims to build confidence and encourage creative dialogue and spatial exchange between. This experience will create awareness and change public perceptions towards disability.
Opening times: Sat 18th August and Sun19th August (midday – 6pm)
Venue 2, Rich Mix
Plus, an installation and façade projection specially commissioned by The Mexican Tourism Board titled “The Gentleman, The Mermaid, Mexican Cinema, Lottery! (El Catrin, La Sirena, Mexican Cinema, Loteria!)” by acclaimed visual designer Tupac Martir for Satore Studio will also be shown for the first time ever, at Rich Mix. Tupac is best known in the fashion world, working for the likes of Stella McCartney and Vivienne Westwood.
Projection running times: Fri 17th, Sat 18th and Sun 19th August (sundown – midnight) Facade of the Rich Mix
See the Rich Mix website for full programme.
Ticket prices: £7 adult / £5 conc
Day pass: £15
Exhibitions and music free
Source: Latam Film