FICUNAM 2014 Review: THE SEARCHES (LAS BÚSQUEDAS), A Small Black And White Drama With Depth

José Luis Valle's The Searches (Las Búsquedas) reveals at the end that it was filmed in seven days using real locations, without artificial lights, and costing only $1,500 dollars in total. It is indeed a very small film, with a... More »
  

MEXICO BARBARO Exclusive Interview: Six Directors, Including Lex Ortega And Isaac Ezban, Talk Horror Anthology

As our own Andrew Mack reported, México Bárbaro is an upcoming Mexican horror anthology featuring cinematic adaptations of traditional legends from this country. It was conceived by Lex Ortega (sound designer for Frankenstein's Army) and will be offering segments by... More »
  

Review: FACHON MODELS Is Not Even Funny For The Wrong Reasons

Rafael Montero's Fachon Models is a new comedy that tries to make the audience laugh right from its title. Poking fun at the bad pronunciation of "fashion models", it is an instant attempt at classist humor, something that by now... More »
  

Check Out The First Image From Mexican Doc BELLAS DE NOCHE

Influenced by documentaries like Grey Gardens, The Kid Stays in the Picture and Inside Deep Throat, Mexican director and graphic designer María José Cuevas is bringing an intimate look at the lives of seven ex vedettes with the upcoming doc... More »
  

Riviera Maya 2014 Brings NYMPHOMANIAC, R100, A TOUCH OF SIN And More To Mexico!

After announcing the Mexican selection for its 2014 edition, the Riviera Maya Film Festival has revealed the full lineup and boy oh boy it is bloody amazing. Many highly anticipated films will premiere in Mexico during the festival, such as... More »
  

MEXICO BARBARO: A Horror Anthology Of Traditions And Legends

From all four corners of Mexico and beyond its borders, eight Mexican filmmakers are putting together the horror anthology, México Bárbaro. The project was created by filmmaker and sound designer Lex Ortega. He has worked sound design on films like Here... More »
  

Review: EL VIENTRE, The First Psychological Thriller Made In Peru

Mercedes (Mayella Lloclla) is an orphan who comes to work as a maid for the lonely, widowed Silvia (Vanessa Saba), who lives all by herself in a huge, rundown house. While there, she catches the eye of Jaime (Manuel Gold,... More »
  

Censurados Film Festival Lifts The Ban On Good Filmmaking

In 2011, Jafar Panahi's This Is Not a Film played at Cannes, after having been smuggled out of Iran on a USB stick hidden in a cake. The director himself was imprisoned in his home by the government and banned... More »
  

Rotterdam 2014: What The Audience Liked Best

(Forget the snobby arthouse critics... see what the PAYING people thought!) Last week saw the end of the 2014 edition of the International Film Festival Rotterdam. Prizes were awarded, parties given... and the final audience ratings were added to the... More »
By Ard Vijn   
  

Review: GET MARRIED IF YOU CAN (CÁSESE QUIEN PUEDA), An Irritating Rom-Com Starring Martha Higareda

Famous Mexican actress Martha Higadera (Amar Te Duele) decided to write a romantic comedy for a Valentine's Day release, and now it is a reality called Get Married If You Can (Cásese Quien Pueda), directed by first-timer Marco Polo Constandse... More »
  

Review: VIDEOCLUB Is The Best Zombie Film Made In Chile So Far

The search for the perfect zombie film made in Chile has been something that many filmmakers have tried and failed to different degrees. While Videoclub isn't the exception -- it's a spectacular and grandiose way of plummeting to the ground due... More »
  

FICUNAM 2014 News: Full Lineup Revealed, With Miyazaki's THE WIND RISES As Opening Film

The lineup of FICUNAM 2014 is ready and things will kick off on February 27 with the Mexican premiere of one of the most anticipated films of the year: the final feature by animation master Miyazaki Hayao, The Wind Rises.... More »
  

First Trailer For FAROESTE Brings Out The Big Guns

The first trailer for Abelardo de Carvalho's Faroeste (Western) might appear intriguing to some: a western shot in Brazil? Yes, it is quite unusual, but Carvalho's debut brings back to screens a genre that was quite popular in the country... More »
  

LA ILUSIÓN NACIONAL Trailer: Olallo Rubio Brings A Soccer Doc Prior The FIFA World Cup

Back in 2012, Mexico had a presidential election that eventually was won by the PRI. One month before that election, an Olallo Rubio documentary (Gimme the Power) premiered and it was about the rock band Molotov, but it also worked... More »
  

Riviera Maya 2014 News: Mexican Selection Revealed

From March 9 to 15, the third edition of the Riviera Maya Film Festival will take place in Quintana Roo, Mexico. The first announcement has arrived and it reveals the official Mexican selection, conformed of eleven feature length productions (both... More »
  

Watch The Compelling Trailer For Brazilian Cross Dressing Drama CASTANHA

Soon to premiere at the Berlinale, a trailer has arrived for Davi Pretto's Brazilian cross dressing drama Castanha and it promises one very odd and equally compelling piece of work.João is a 52-year-old actor who lives with his 72-year-old mother,... More »
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Ambulante 2014 Dispatch: DEATH IN ARIZONA (MUERTE EN ARIZONA), Love Hurts In This Fragmented Docu-fiction

Ambulante 2014 is screening Tin Dirdamal's feature length docu-fiction Death in Arizona (Muerte en Arizona) together with Gilberto González's short film Love In Time of Fires (El Amor en Tiempos de Incendios). I think there's a thematic reason behind the... More »
  

Mexico City, HERE COMES THE DEVIL

Winner of every horror category at Fantastic Fest 2012, Adrián García Bogliano's Here Comes the Devil (aka Ahí Va el Diablo) was filmed entirely in Mexico and its cast and crew are mostly from one particular Mexican city: Tijuana, Baja... More »
  

Rotterdam 2014: It's Awards Time!

This weekend saw the end of the 2014 edition of the International Film Festival Rotterdam, and we can make a tally of all the awards. First and foremost among these are the Hivos Tiger Awards, given to directors only for... More »
By Ard Vijn   
  

Eduardo Coutinho, Brazilian Master Of Documentary, Dies At 81

Brazil woke up to sad, tragic news today, as filmmaker Eduardo Coutinho, 81, was reported dead in his apartment after he and his wife were stabbed. The main suspect, according to the police, is their own son, a 41 year... More »
  
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