MEXICAN FILM FESTIVAL 2010 - PREVIEW
REVOLUTION, CANNIBALS AND DRUG LORDS
The centenary of the Mexican revolution which led to its independence is
celebrated this year, and the Mexican film festival touring Australia has put
together a revolutionary program of films to inform, shock and entertain
To celebrate the historic 100 year anniversary of Mexico’s Independence, Hola
Mexico Film Festival will present Revolucion (2010), the collaboration of ten
voices at the forefront of Mexican cinema. Revolucion analyses the impact of the
revolution on Mexicans 100 years later, and what it means to the young minds of
Mexico, through the eyes of 10 directors and their 10 short films.
The festival will screen more than ten feature films, five documentaries, and a
tribute to one of the greatest minds behind Mexican new wave cinema and winner
of Cannes Palme d’Or, director Carlos Carrera. Visiting Australia for the first
time, Carrera will host Q&A sessions after his film screenings including The
Crime of Father Amaro (2002), starring Gael Garcia Bernal, the Australian
premiere of his most recent film, On Childhood (2010) and Benjamin’s Woman
"an international success story"
Unlike anything that has ever come out of Mexico, and already an
international success story having been picked up around the world, including by
Hopscotch for Australia, Jorge Michel Grau’s We Are What We Are, promises to be
the talk of this festival. This deeply moving, shocking, bloody yet intriguing
story about a Mexican cannibal family in modern Mexico is a remarkable
reinvention of the horror genre – a visceral and powerfully emotional portrait
of a family bound by a terrible secret and driven by monstrous appetites.
Also programmed, Australian-born Mexican Michael Rowe’s debut feature film and
winner of the Cannes Film Festival Camera d’Or, Leap Year (2010), is a deeply
moving study on loneliness, pain, lust and love through the eyes of Laura, a
25-year old journalist living in Mexico City.
Amongst the hard hitting documentaries is Sundance Film Festival selection and
winner of Miami International Film Festival, Sins of My Father (2010), the story
of notorious and brutal Columbian drug lord Pablo Escobar, told by his son Juan
for the first time since changing his name and identity to escape his father’s
dubious legacy after he was gunned down in 1993.
Published October 21, 2010
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Melbourne ACMI 22 – 31 October
Canberra As part of the Canberra Film Festival 1 – 2 November
Sydney Dendy Newtown and Opera Quays 4 – 14 November
Adelaide Mercury Cinema 12 – 17 November
Perth Cinema Paradiso 18 – 24 November
Solo Dios Sabe