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BEST OF MEXICAN CINEMA

All screenings take place in the Wilkinson Public Library Program Room. 6pm – first Monday of the month. Snacks included, FREE TO ALL.

For more information, please contact erika@telluridefilmfestival.org.

Monday, October 2, 2017

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• LOS OLVIDADOS (THE YOUNG AND THE DAMNED) directed by Luis Buñuel (1950, Unrated, 80 minutes)

Winner of two Cannes Film Festival awards, LOS OLIVADOS (aka THE FORGOTTEN ONES and THE YOUNG AND THE DAMNED) was Buñuel’s first international box-office success and was the beginning of what would turn out to be his most creative period.

One of the more lasting images of the film is the clash-of-cultures shot of a brand new skyscraper rising above the tormented slums of Mexico City. The Guardian wrote, “There are remarkable flourishes of surreal, transcendental insight into the inner emotional turmoil of the starving street kid. Buñuel’s famous dream sequence shows a boy’s fear of violence, of poverty, of injustice and his agonized sense of his mother’s hatred for him, but all of this is expressed with subversive languor, even eroticism.”



Monday, November 6, 2017

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• COMO AGUA PARA CHOCOLATE (LIKE WATER FOR CHOCOLATE) directed by Alfonso Arau (1992, Rated R, 105 minutes)

Based on the best-selling novel by Laura Esquival, this internationally popular romantic fable from Mexico centers on a young woman who discovers that her cooking has magical effects. “Food and passion create a sublime alchemy in LIKE WATER FOR CHOCOLATE,” wrote The New York Times, “A Mexican film whose characters experience life so intensely that they sometimes literally smolder. The kitchen becomes a source of such witchcraft that a fervently prepared meal can fill diners with lust or grief or nausea, depending upon the cook’s prevailing mood.”

The title is derived from a Mexican method of making hot chocolate by boiling and re-boiling water with cocoa. The tale’s heroine, Tita, is the youngest of three daughters in a traditional Mexican family who falls in love with the young, handsome Pedro. But bound by tradition to remain unmarried, she suffers through heartbreak as Pedro marries her older sister, and the two embark on a secret, and blazing, affair.



Monday, December 4, 2017

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• EL LABERINTO DEL FAUNO (PAN’S LABYRINTH) directed by Guillermo del Toro (2006, Rated R, 119 minutes)

“PAN’S LABYRINTH is one of the greatest of all fantasy films, even though it is anchored so firmly in the reality of war,” wrote Roger Ebert, “Guillermo del Toro is the most challenging of directors in the fantasy field because he invents from scratch, or adapts into his own vision…born in Mexico, he has worked there and overseas, like his gifted friends and contemporaries Alfonso Cuarón and Alejandro González Iñárritu. Isn’t it time to start talking about a New Mexican Cinema, not always filmed in Mexico but always informed by the imagination and spirit of the nation?”

In 1944 Spain, young Ofelia (Ivana Baquero) and her ailing mother (Ariadna Gil) arrive at the post of her mother’s new husband (Sergi López), a sadistic army officer who is trying to quell a guerrilla uprising. As she explores an ancient maze, Ofelia encounters the faun Pan, who reveals to her that she is a legendary lost princess and must complete three dangerous tasks in order to claim immortality.


Monday, January 8, 2017

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• ALAMAR (TO THE SEA) directed by Pedro González-Rubio (2009, Rated G, 73 minutes)

“A luminous semi-documentary film that plays on the border of reality and fiction,” wrote The New York Times, “Natan Machado Palombini, a young boy, goes on an enchanted expedition with his father to the Banco Chinchorro, the largest coral reef in Mexico. The bonding of the son and his father, Jorge Machado, a lean, mustachioed Mexican fisherman who will return Natan to his Italian mother at the end of the trip, portrays a tender, ritualistic passing of knowledge, experience and love from one generation to the next.”

Natan lives with his mother in Italy for most of the year, but spends time with his father each summer in an elevated cottage near the shore where he participates in the family fishing operation with his dad. They fish by day and sit by the fire beneath the stars at night. A simple, idyllic life teaches the boy important lessons about the importance and beauty of living in harmony with the natural world around him.


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