Mexican cinema coming up strong worldwide
The 63rd edition of the International Film Festival Cannes was lived in a very Mexican way, demonstrating that Mexico is following close in the film industry. One of the first signs of this is that Mexican actor Gael Garcia Bernal was elected to preside the jury, which is made up of experts, actors, directors, etc.
The award of the Golden Camera for Best Opera Prima was for the Mexican film Leap Year, directed by the Mexican director, Michael Rowe. As he handed over the award, Gael García Bernal said, “It was difficult to choose among 24 films, but we made an unanimous decision,” he said. He also stated that “It is a very special film that has been done with great love and is noted for his mastery.”
The director Michael Rowe thanked his production house (Machete Productions), his actors, Monica del Carmen and Gustavo Sánchez Parra, as well as the Mexican Institute of Cinematography and dedicated his gift to his daughter. “It’s for my daughter Ximena, who is Mexican.”
Michael Rowe was born in Australia and has been living for 16 years in Mexico, country whose nationality he adopted. Michael Rowe stated that the tape is completely Mexican. “I have something legitimate Mexican and this film was born from my Mexican soul, my love for this country,” said the director. The film tells the story of a couple who maintains a relationship of degrading sexual violence.
The director feels that the film will be successful in Mexico because “In Mexico, the public is mature, and the times when scenes with nudity provoked laughter or frightened people have now been passed.”
Besides the award for Leap Year, Biutiful, a film by Mexican director Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu highlighted in the festival, and actor Javier Bardem, won the Palme d’Or prize for best actor. The Spanish actor took the opportunity to thank Gonzalez Inarritu for the prize. “This award is received on behalf of what the film Biutiful, by Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu, represents.. After my hard work under the direction of Iñarritu I have changed my attitude towards work. I have now more compassion and love for the art of interpreting. ”
These are some examples that show how Mexican cinema is coming up strong worldwide. Awards such as this, in addition to the awards received in Madrid, in the 7th Documenta Madrid Festival, to the Mexican documentary Presumed Guilty, demonstrate the growth and international recognition of our cinema. Presumed Guilty is a documentary of Mexican directors Layda Negrete and Roberto Hernandez and, who had to beat 22 other international films to win the prize for best documentary in Madrid.