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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 audiences.

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 (1991).

"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


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