Eric Ortiz Garcia
Mexico City

Morelia 2014 Review: THE BEGINNING OF TIME (EL COMIENZO DEL TIEMPO), An Overlong Portrait Of Aging

The famous Bette Davis quote "old age ain't no place for sissies" comes to mind when watching Bernardo Arellano's The Beginning of Time (El Comienzo del Tiempo), one of the Mexican titles in competition at this year's Morelia International Film... More »
  

Morelia 2014: Iñárritu Talks BIRDMAN

Alejandro González Iñárritu took some days off from the filming of The Revenant - which is happening in Calgary, Canada - to present Birdman in Morelia. Unfortunately, none of the actors could make the trip due to several compromises, including... More »
  

Morelia 2014: Twitch Picks 10 Must See Films

The 12th edition of the Morelia International Film Festival kicked off this past Friday, with the Mexican premiere of Alejandro González Iñárritu's Birdman. For the second year in a row, I'm in Morelia covering the fest for Twitch, so expect... More »
  

Mórbido 2014: First Wave Of Films Includes REDEEMER, LATE PHASES, MÉXICO BÁRBARO, And More

After confirming that Puebla, Mexico is their new home, Mórbido has now unleashed the first wave of programming for its upcoming seventh edition (November 13-16). 18 international films and five Mexican titles have been confirmed, and it's a really exciting... More »
  

Latin Beat: Grotesco, New Mexican Horror Exhibition; Chile's PARTIR TO LIVE; Hollywood In Argentina

Producer Guillermo del Toro brings Mexican "Day of the Dead" culture to movie screens in the animated adventure The Book of Life, which opens wide across much of Latin America on Thursday (and North America on Friday). I'm a bit... More »
  

Morelia 2014: Final Wave Of Films Includes BIRDMAN, GOODBYE TO LANGUAGE, THE GREEN INFERNO, And Much More

The Morelia International Film Festival announced the final details for its 12th edition, which kicks off next Friday (October 17). It is overall a really impressive lineup and - as usual - Morelia will be premiering in Mexico some of... More »
  

Feratum 2014 Dispatch, Days 3 And 4: ABCs OF DEATH 2 And A Porn Movie To Close The Fest

I remained focused on the Mexican selection during the last couple of days of Feratum 2014, to the point that I ended watching each and every national, feature-length film that the festival presented. Unfortunately, the trend of the first two... More »
  

Los Cabos 2014: Xavier Dolan To Visit Mexico And Present MOMMY

Canada's enfant terrible Xavier Dolan is set to visit a Mexican film festival for the first time! Los Cabos is the festival that took the cake as it will host the Latin American premiere of Dolan's latest picture, Mommy, with the... More »
  

Feratum 2014 Dispatch: Tal Zimmerman And Nicolas Kleiman Talk At The WHY HORROR? World Premiere

Feratum hosted the world premiere of the documentary Why Horror? on Friday, October 3. Argentinean co-director Nicolas Kleiman and Canadian star Tal Zimmerman attended the screening and witnessed the very warm reception their film got with the Mexican audience. They... More »
  

Feratum 2014 Dispatch: Film Awards Announced

The closing/awards ceremony of Feratum 2014 took place on Saturday, October 4 at the Cenobio Paniagua theater. Both Juan Mora Catlett and Alfonso Arau were honored during the event, before one member of the jury took the stage to announce... More »
  

Feratum 2014 Dispatch, Day 1 & 2: WHY HORROR?, Mexican Selection, And More

For the second year in a row, I'm in Tlalpujahua, Michoacán covering the Feratum Film Fest for Twitch. Thursday, October 2 was the first day of the third edition of this Mexican genre festival and it kicked off for... More »
  

EL GIGANTE: Watch The Trailer For Gigi Saul Guerrero's Short

It was back in March when the Kickstarter campaign for Gigi Saul Guerrero's short film El Gigante was launched. It looked really great and, ultimately, the campaign was a complete success. Back then, I described the short as this:... More »
  

Latin Beat: GENESIS NIRVANA, FUERZAS ESPECIALES, LA ENTITAD, THE NAKED ROOM, Plus Fantastic Fest Movie Posters

Three of our correspondents who are based in Latin America have kindly provided updates on what's opening in theaters locally in the next week or two, along with posters and trailers. Chile, Peru, and Mexico are represented in those reports.Those... More »
  

Feratum 2014 Second Wave Of Films: ABCs OF DEATH 2, V/H/S: VIRAL, DER SAMURAI, WHY HORROR?, And More

The upcoming third edition of Feratum (October 2-5 in Tlalpujahua, Mexico) is undoubtedly a very promising genre celebration. If the official selection announcement brought few renowned titles, now the second wave is precisely full of those. ABCs of Death 2 and... More »
  

Watch The Teaser For Fantastic Fest And Sitges Selection THE INCIDENT

Just days before Isaac Ezban's science fiction picture The Incident (El Incidente) premieres in North America at Austin's Fantastic Fest, the first teaser trailer has arrived online courtesy of Cine Caníbal, the company that will distribute the film next year... More »
  

Morelia 2014: First Wave Of International Films Led By WINTER SLEEP, THE TRIBE, And More

The 12th edition of the Morelia International Film Festival (October 17-26) is taking shape and now the first wave of international titles has been announced. It is what you would expect from Mexico's top film festival and reaffirms the bond... More »
  

Macabro 2014 Review: Leopoldo Laborde's PIEL ROTA, No-Budget Horror At Its Best

Leopoldo Laborde is a veteran Mexican guerrilla filmmaker. Piel Rota his 19th production. It world premiered at Macabro 2014 and it is another no budget movie, but one in which you can see the director's experience of 20+ years reflected... More »
  

MICGénero 2014 Presents The Lukas Moodysson Retrospective In 35mm

During its ongoing third edition, the International Film Festival with Gender Perspective (MICGénero) is presenting a fantastic retrospective dedicated to Swedish filmmaker Lukas Moodysson, who might be best known in Mexico for directing last year's marvelous punk rock/coming of age... More »
  

Review: CANTINFLAS, A Romanticized Biopic

Actor Óscar Jaenada might be Spanish but he was the perfect choice to play the role of Mario Moreno, also known as "Cantinflas," one of Mexico's most beloved and legendary comedians. In Sebastián del Amo's Cantinflas, Jaenada delivers a performance... More »
  

Latin Beat: Chile's Valdivia Film Festival, Peru's SECRETO MATUSITA Trailer, Mexico's Nordic Cinema Program, Brazil's ISOLADOS Trailer

Welcome to a new edition of our column on Latin American cinema! Why is Chile's Valdivia Film Festival considered to be "the best in South America"? What makes Secreto Matusita such an intriguing found-footage thriller, especially for those in Peru? What connection... More »
  
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