Eric Ortiz Garcia
Mexico City, Mexico

Fantaspoa 2015 Interview: REDEEMER Director Ernesto Díaz Espinoza

Redeemer marks the fourth collaboration between director Ernesto Díaz Espinoza and martial artist Marko Zaror, and is considered by the director himself as his most serious movie, since it accompanies its carefully choreographed and violent as hell fights with a... More »
  

Fantaspoa 2015 Dispatch: Frizzi 2 Fulci Live Concert

Fantaspoa's homage to Fabio Frizzi, the main composer for the legendary Italian horror filmmaker Lucio Fulci, came to an end on Sunday evening (May 24) with an intimate yet extraordinary concert by Frizzi himself at the Centro Santander Cultural. Around... More »
  

Fantaspoa Reveals Full 2015 Lineup

Fantaspoa, the largest genre cinema celebration in Latin America, revealed the (amazing) full lineup for its upcoming eleventh edition, to be celebrated in the city of Porto Alegre, Brazil from May 15 to 31. Fantaspoa's main competition, the international one,... More »
  

Interview: Bruce LaBruce Talks GERONTOPHILIA And His Favorite Filmmakers

Last year, Bruce LaBruce presented at Fantaspoa what is, in his own words, the most accessible and mainstream effort he has made so far. I'm talking about Gerontophilia, a film about an 18-year-old boy with a fetish for old men.... More »
  

Fantaspoa 2015: First Wave Of Films Includes SCHERZO DIABOLICO, TURBO KID And More!

Brazil's Fantaspoa festival revealed the first wave of films for its upcoming eleventh edition (May 15 to 31), prior next weekend's announcement of the full lineup (which will consist in more than 100 movies). 14 titles were confirmed, aside of... More »
  

Latin Beat: First Details On Brazil's Fantaspoa, Chile's MAR Opens Theatrically

We have two items of interest in our biweekly feature, highlighting films from Latin America. First up, Eric Ortiz Garcia tells us about Fantaspoa, Brazil's upcoming genre festival. Then as Mar opens theatrically in Chile, we revisit a review by... More »
By Peter Martin   
  

Latin Beat: Watch LA ACADEMIA, LA HERENCIA Trailers, Plus Picks From Muestra Internacional de Cine

In this edition of our bi-weekly Latin Beat, we hear from our correspondent Ernesto Zelaya Minano, who lives in Peru. He tells us about two new movies: La Academia, an upcoming sports drama, and La Herencia, a comedy. Next, we... More »
By Peter Martin   
  

Exclusive First Stills From Lex Ortega's ATROCIOUS

It was back in early November 2014 when we first reported on Lex Ortega's feature length debut Atrocious (aka Atroz). At the time, Ortega and his producer Abigail Bonilla had just launched a crowdfunding campaign, looking to finish the film... More »
  

Latin Beat: Netflix Award Helps Mexican Cinema

Netflix is constantly growing in Latin America, and while in Mexico the catalog is still nowhere as big as the North American one, several hotly anticipated TV series, such as Better Call Saul and House of Cards, are greatly helping... More »
  

LA PARKA: Oscar-Nominated Short Film Tours Mexico

Gabriel Serra Argüello's La Parka (aka The Reaper) is a Mexican short documentary, produced by the Centro de Capacitación Cinematográfica (CCC), which is nominated for the Academy Award. It was described by our own Christopher Bourne as a film that... More »
  

Latin Beat: Ambulante Doc Fest Kicks Off; Watch Chilling Trailers For Peru's POSEIDAS And DESAPARECER

Our newest Latin Beat column features contributions from Eric Ortiz Garcia in Mexico and Ernesto Zelaya Minano in Peru. First, Eric tells us about the Ambulante documentary festival and presents his top five picks. Next, Ernesto shares news about two chilling... More »
By Peter Martin   
  

San Cristóbal De Las Casas 2015 Dispatch: Award Winners Announced

The first edition of the San Cristóbal De Las Casas festival has reached its end. It was a nice way to begin the year and a second edition seems to be a given, as pretty much each and every screening... More »
  

San Cristóbal De Las Casas 2015 Review: PORTRAITS OF A SEARCH, A Forceful Documentary On The Victims Of The Mexican Drug War

One of the toughest moments in Narco Cultura comes from a layer of the whole drug war problem that is not profoundly explored in that recent documentary: What are the feelings and thoughts of the familiars of the assassinated or... More »
  

San Cristóbal De Las Casas 2015 Review: ALL OF ME, Focusing On The Human Side

All of Me (aka Llévate Mis Amores) is a documentary that deals with a well known subject - the illegal immigrants from Central America, recently portrayed in Diego Quemada-Diez's successful narrative film The Golden Dream - but that manages to... More »
  

San Cristóbal De Las Casas 2015 Dispatch: Costa-Gavras On Charlie Hebdo, Mexico's Missing Students, And More

The San Cristóbal De Las Casas International Film Festival honored master filmmaker Costa-Gavras, who was in town for a couple of days. Gavras received the festival's highest honor, the Ámbar award, and the Cineteca Nacional medal. He also offered a one-hour... More »
  

San Cristóbal De Las Casas 2015 Review: In THE NAPTIME, Life Must Go On

It's not an easy task to make a documentary about such a controversial topic as the tragedy of the ABC daycare facility in northern Mexico, in which a fire caused the death of 49 children back in June 2009. With... More »
  

San Cristóbal De Las Casas Reveals Full 2015 Lineup

The San Cristóbal De Las Casas International Film Festival revealed yesterday the full lineup for its very first edition, which kicks off next week (January 16). The definitive highlight is the Ukrainian silent film The Tribe, which for me is... More »
  

Bollywood Week Coming To Cancún, Mexico

The Mexican city of Cancún is set to host film productions from India in the near future and so it is organizing the first Bollywood Week outside of the United States in June. Cancún wants to let the Indian film... More »
  

Latin Beat: Upcoming In Mexico, HEROES In Chile, PAPELES In Argentina

We begin the new year with an extended look at what's coming to Mexican theaters in 2015, courtesy of our correspondent Eric Ortiz Garcia. We also have a trailer for Heroes, a lighthearted new film that's opening in its native... More »
By Peter Martin   
  

Masacre En Xoco 2014 Review: MÉXICO BÁRBARO, A Horror Anthology That Could Have Been More Brutal

Mexico is barbaric, both historically and due to the violent present. Rather than making a clear reference to its main concept of exploring Mexican legends and traditions, horror anthology México Bárbaro kicks off as a straight exhibition of the violent... More »
  
 
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