Eric Ortiz Garcia
Mexico City

Review: FOOSBALL (METEGOL), An Unpolished Adventure With Remarkable Animation

Film history dictates that when it comes to sports movies the quintessential story is that of an underdog team or athlete going through all kinds of adversities to finally learn a lesson or win a trophy. It can be about... More »

Johnny Knoxville Presents BAD GRANDPA In Mexico, Talks Spike Jonze's Deleted Character

Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa opens in Mexico until next week (11/29) but Johnny Knoxville already visited the city to support the release. Together with director Jeff Tremaine, producer Derek Freda and co-star Jackson Nicoll, Knoxville met with the press for... More »

Cineteca Nacional's 55 Muestra: Twitch's Top 10 Picks

Cineteca Nacional's 55 Muestra Internacional de Cine begins its activities tonight in Mexico City with a special free screening of the recently restored 35mm print of Julio Bracho's classic Distinto Amanecer (aka Another Dawn), which is celebrating its 70th anniversary.... More »

DOCSDF 2013: Albert Maysles' Master Class In Top Quotes & Photos

Co-director of such classic documentaries as Salesman, Gimme Shelter and Grey Gardens, plus cinematographer for D.A. Pennebaker (Monterey Pop), Jean-Luc Godard (Six in Paris) and Martin Scorsese (Shine a Light), Albert Maysles is simply a living cinema treasure. Turning 87... More »


Mexico City's Cineteca Nacional is home of the annual Muestra Internacional de Cine (International Showing of Cinema), a selection with some of the most important films of the year. The Muestra is arguably the most anticipated film celebration in Mexico's... More »


On Saturday, October 26, the award ceremony for Morelia 2013 took place. I don't know how the show went, as I instead attended the last festival screening of Blue is the Warmest Color, but here are some thoughts and the... More »

Morelia 2013 Review: THE NAKED ROOM (EL CUARTO DESNUDO), A Powerful Display Of Sadness And Insanity

Nuria Ibáñez's documentary The Naked Room (El Cuarto Desnudo) has a very powerful moment in which a little boy is questioned by a psychiatrist about his biggest wishes. The answers are simple and concise but, at the same time, lack... More »

Morelia 2013 Interview: Sebastián Lelio Talks GLORIA And Jodorowsky

Gloria, Chile's Oscar submission, premiered in Mexico at the Morelia Film Festival. The director Sebastián Lelio made his first ever trip to Mexico and dedicated the Gloria screening to Alejandro Jodorowsky, who's also in Morelia. Friday (October 25) was a long... More »

Morelia 2013 Review: WE ARE MARI PEPA (SOMOS MARI PEPA), The Fun, Punk Rock Times Of Adolescence Fading Away

Mari Pepa is the name of a punk rock band in We Are Mari Pepa (original title: Somos Mari Pepa), Samuel Isamu Kishi Leopo's extension of his own 18-minute short film Mari Pepa (presented as well at the Morelia Film... More »

Morelia 2013 Interview: Claudia Sainte-Luce On THE AMAZING CATFISH (LOS INSÓLITOS PECES GATO) And Her TIFF Experience

One of the most anticipated films from Morelia's official Mexican selection is Claudia Sainte-Luce's The Amazing Catfish (Los Insólitos Peces Gato), winner of the FIPRESCI Discover Award at the Toronto International Film Festival 2013. The Amazing Catfish will connect with... More »

Morelia 2013: All About Tarantino's Film Program, Kicking Off Tonight (Plus Exclusive Photos)

Quentin Tarantino is in Morelia, Mexico for the third time. Why? He's coming for the same reasons he did it back in 2010: be the curator of a film program. Tarantino landed in Morelia on Monday but it was until... More »

Morelia 2013 Interview: Maria de Medeiros Talks Tarantino After 19 Years of PULP FICTION

Maria de Medeiros is in Morelia to present her latest film, the documentary Bacuri's Eyes (original title: Repare Bem). She's also part of the jury for the Mexican feature length film official selection. Bacuri's Eyes screened at the festival on... More »

Morelia 2013 Interview: Diego Quemada-Díez Says Ken Loach Loved LA JAULA DE ORO (THE GOLDEN CAGE)

Diego Quemada-Díez's La Jaula de Oro (The Golden Cage), Mexico's official submission for the upcoming Goya Awards, premiered in the country during the third day of activities at the Morelia Film Festival 2013. I watched it early in the morning... More »

Morelia 2013 Review: Life Reflections From Inside An ELEVATOR (ELEVADOR)

The Mexican 70-minute documentary Elevator (original title: Elevador) shows right from the beginning a powerful way to contrast and distinguish a dream from reality. This is a film about losing hope, joy and youth, about broken dreams in modern Mexico... More »

Morelia 2013 Review: MANTO ACUÍFERO (THE WELL) Sees The World Through The Eyes Of A Misunderstood Girl

Director Michael Rowe is a man who talks slowly. He met the press after the Morelia Film Festival screening of his second feature film Manto Acuífero (aka The Well), telling us that it's a very personal effort. And, indeed, Rowe's... More »

Morelia 2013: 5 Quotes From Alfonso Cuarón's GRAVITY Conference

Just two days after attending Alfonso Cuarón's press conference in Mexico City, I had the chance to see him again, now at the Morelia Film Festival where Gravity plays as opening film. This time the conference was shorter and ultimately... More »

Morelia 2013 Preview: Twitch Picks 10 Films Not To Miss

Tonight, the long-awaited Morelia International Film Festival 2013 kicks off with several simultaneous 3D screenings of Alfonso Cuarón's first film in seven years! Yes, I'm talking about the universally acclaimed space movie Gravity, starring Sandra Bullock and George Clooney. All... More »

Morelia 2013 Review: How To Lose Weight And The Love Of Your Life In The Bittersweet But Formulaic PARAÍSO (PARADISE)

Paraíso (Paradise) is an unconventional love story, at least on paper. This because the protagonists are far from a typical big screen plastic, pretty couple, the movie instead following an overweight Mexican couple. One can accept and even appreciate Mariana... More »

Review: BIRTH OF THE LIVING DEAD, A Great Doc To Revive And Learn More About Romero's 1968 Classic

While hard-core fans of George A. Romero's Night of the Living Dead might not learn anything new with Rob Kuhns' 75-minute doc Birth of the Living Dead, dare I say anyone with an interest in filmmaking will have a great... More »

GRAVITY Mexico City Conference With Alfonso And Jonás Cuarón (Plus Photos)

Alfonso Cuarón's Gravity opens in Mexico next Friday (October 18) and the director, together with his son and writer Jonás Cuarón, met with the Mexican press to present the acclaimed space film. Compared to Guillermo del Toro's Pacific Rim conference... More »
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