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 »
  

Festival Do Rio 2014: SPRING, TOKYO TRIBE And OVER YOUR DEAD BODY In Midnight Lineup

If you happen to find yourself at the Rio de Janeiro International Film Festival between September 24 and October 8, you might want to check out their Midnight lineup. It is chock -- chock I tells ya! -- full of... More »
  

CANTINFLAS Is Mexico's Submission For The Academy Awards, LA DICTADURA PERFECTA Goes For The Goya

After the Mexican Academy of Film Arts and Sciences (AMACC) revealed which films were going to be considered for the 2015 Academy and Goya Awards, I said the "clear favorites" were the Cantinflas biopic and the political satire La Dictadura... More »
  

MICGénero 2014 Review: MI VIDA ES UN ALBUR, Or, Being A Tough Woman In Tepito

Mi Vida Es Un Albur is a documentary set in the "barrio bravo" Tepito, one of Mexico's toughest neighborhoods. Located in downtown Mexico City, very near Garibaldi and the Palace of Fine Arts, Tepito is best known for its enormous... More »
  

Mórbido 2014: Fest Moves To Puebla

Some days ago it was confirmed that the magic town of Pátzcuaro, Michoacán is no longer home to the Mórbido Film Fest, one of Mexico's top genre festivities and a favorite of the Twitch folk. The reason is clear: the government's... More »
  

Review: PERRO GUARDIAN, A Gritty Character Study Based On Reality

The trailers for Perro Guardián, the debut feature from Bacha Caravedo and Daniel Higashionna, were selling it as a gritty action thriller. They got the grit part right, but this is actually a slow-burn psychological study of a difficult character,... More »
  

Now Playing In Mexico: Denis Côté's VIC + FLO SAW A BEAR

This one is for those looking for the odd, arthouse cinema. While it premiered way back in early 2013, at the Berlinale, Denis Côté's Vic + Flow Saw a Bear finally opened in Mexico City last weekend. Our own European editor,... More »
  

Los Cabos 2014: Denys Arcand And Atom Egoyan To Be Honored, Plus Canadian Lineup

For its upcoming third edition (12-16 November), Los Cabos International Film Festival (previously known as Baja International Film Festival) has a brand new image, but it is once again showcasing the cinema of Mexico, the United States, and Canada. The festival... More »
  

Watch The Exclusive Trailer For LA CASA MUDA Director's LOCAL GOD

Uruguyan director Gustavo Hernandez created quite a stir with his debut feature, the single take horror La Casa Muda (The Silent House). An astounding piece of technical filmmaking that proved Hernandez had an uncommon knack for building tension, La Casa... More »
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Feratum 2014: Official Selection Includes TIME LAPSE, DISCOPATH, PHANTASMAGORIA, And More

The Feratum film festival surprisingly revealed the official selection for its upcoming third edition last Saturday. This announcement comes one month before the festival kicks off in the town of Tlalpujahua, Mexico, as Feratum will take place from October 2... More »
  

Macabro 2014: DARKNESS BY DAY Wins Best Film Award

The closing ceremony of Macabro 2014 was held on Saturday, August 30 at Mexico City's Cineteca Nacional. The festival's director Edna Campos conducted the event prior to the start of the closing film, Asmodexia. Macabro awarded only one feature length film and... More »
  

Macabro 2014: MEXICO BARBARO Gets An Official Poster, Plus More New Images

Macabro 2014 hosted a very special public conference with seven of the eight directors that are part of the upcoming horror anthology México Bárbaro. It was the first time the project was presented to a wide audience in Mexico City, with... More »
  

Review: THE SUMMER OF FLYING FISH Tries To Tackle A Centuries Old Conflict

The year 2013 was a special one for Chilean cinema, I talked about it in my list of the best Chilean movies of 2013 that I posted here on Twitch. One of the main reasons was the amount of films from... More »
  

Review: H2OMX, Or, Mexico City Has A Lack Of Water Problem

José Cohen and Lorenzo Hagerman's H2Omx is in the vein of those documentaries that have raising awareness on a current problem as main objective.Its subject might be a local issue, that affects Mexico City and other nearby places, but the... More »
  

THE SIMILARS (LOS PARECIDOS): Twitch Visits The Set Of Isaac Ezban's Upcoming Sci-Fi Picture

The Similars (Los Parecidos) tells the story of eight different persons who are stuck at a bus station. It's October 2, 1968 and Mexico is about to live the student massacre of Tlatelolco. But that's just the film's background and... More »
  

Mexico Picks Its Films For The 2015 Academy And Goya Awards

The road to the 2015 Oscars has began in Mexico with the Mexican Academy of Film Arts and Sciences (AMACC) revealing which movies are competing to represent the country at the world's most famous film awards. 21 films will be... More »
  

Review: ROOT (RAIZ) Is Somewhat Literal In Its Symbology

The winner of the Chilean Competition in last year's Valdivia Film Festival, Raíz (Root) managed not only to get chosen to participate in many festivals from Latin America and beyond, but also snagged a Chilean distribution deal, something that doesn't... More »
  

LA DICTADURA PERFECTA: Check The First Trailer For Luis Estrada's Latest Political Satire

While Mexican director Luis Estrada and star Damián Alcázar did a couple of films together before, their real partnership began in 1999 with the political satire Herod's Law (La Ley de Herodes). Since then, Estrada has directed only similar films, all... More »
  
 
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