Film 2015

Cinema Tropical Awards 2015

The New York Times Building

Jan 1st

The Cinema Topical Awards 2015 winners were announced at a ceremony in The New York Times building. Chants of Smoke, by Mexican director Hatuey Viveros, was honored for Best Documentary.

Co-founder of Cinema Tropical, Carlos Gutierrez poses with directors Jayro Bustamante, Betzabe Garcia and Lisandro Alonso at the 6th Annual Cinema Tropical Awards at The New York Times Headquarters.

Trailer: "Café: Cantos de humo" (Coffee: Chants of Smoke). 2014. Directed by Hatuey Viveros Lavielle

"Vida y drama en México" Film Series

Whitney Humanities Center, Yale University

January 23rd – 30th

As part of their ‘Vida y drama en México’ Film Series, the Yale University Art Gallery screened La negra angustias, a 1950 Mexican film by Matilde Landeta, and two movies by acclaimed director Luis Buñuel: Los olvidados (1950) and El gran calavera (1949). This series was presented as part of the exhibit Vida y Drama de México: Prints from the Monroe E. Price and Aimée Brown Price Collection, which featured a selection of approximately 50 Mexican prints.

Trailer: "Los olvidados" by Luis Buñuel

Trailer: "El gran calavera" by Luis Buñuel

Trailer: "La negra angustias" by Matilde Landeta

Cinema Tropical Festival 2015

Museum of the Moving Image

Museum of the Moving Image

February 6th – 8th

The Museum of the Moving Image and Cinema Tropical presented the 2015 edition of the Cinema Tropical Festival, celebrating the year's best Latin American film productions, and featuring the winners of the 5th annual Cinema Tropical Awards, which represent the vitality of contemporary Latin American cinema. Mexican films Purgatorio (Rodrigo Reyes, 2012) and Las Marthas (Cristina Ibarra, 2014) were featured.

Trailer: Purgatorio, a film by Rodrigo Reyes.

Trailer: Las Marthas, a film a film by Cristina Ibarra.

Gabriel Figueroa, 1945. Photo by George Hoynegen-Hune
Under the Mexican Sky: Gabriel Figueroa—Art and Film

Museo del Barrio

Mar 4th – Jun 27th

From the early 1930s through the early 1980s, Mexican cinematographer Gabriel Figueroa (1907–1997) helped forge an evocative and enduring image of Mexico. Among the most important cinematographers of the so-called Golden Age of Mexican Cinema, Figueroa worked with leading directors from Mexico, the United States and Europe, traversing a wide range of genres while maintaining his distinctive and vivid visual style. Under the Mexican Sky featured film clips, paintings by Diego Rivera, Jose Clemente Orozco, Manuel Rodriguez Lozano and José Chavez Morado, photographs, prints, posters and documents, many of which are drawn from Figueroa’s archive, the Televisa Foundation collection, the collections of the Museo de la Estampa and the Museo Nacional in Mexico.

Photos courtesy of El Museo del Barrio
Havana Film Festival of New York

Apr 9th - 17th

Several venues

The Havana Film Festival New York (HFFNY) is an internationally recognized film festival celebrating Latin American cinema. In its 15th anniversary, HFFNY featured the Mexican productions: Los bañistas, by Maximiliano Zunino, Llévate mis amores, by Arturo González Villaseñor, En este pueblo no hay ladrones, by Alberto Isaac and Gloria, by Christian Keller. Gloria was screened on Closing Night and both the director Christian Keller and actress Sofía Espinosa were present for a Q & A.

Los bañistas, by Maximiliano Zunino:

Llévate mis amores, by Arturo González Villaseñor

Gloria, by Christian Keller

HFFNY15 | Gloria - Introduction and Q&A

Mexico at Midnight: Film Noir from Mexican Cinema’s Golden Age

Museum of Modern Art

July 26th - July 29th

Of all the great national, popular cinemas that prospered in the 20th century, the one that remains least well known to American audiences is, paradoxically, the one that originated closest to Hollywood. The Mexican cinema’s Golden Age extended from the mid-1930s to the early 1960s, when Mexican films dominated Latin America and made significant inroads into Spanish-speaking communities in the U.S. With the support of Fundación Televisa, MoMA presented a sampling of one of Mexico’s richest genres, the cine negro or film noir.

"Sânge" at the New York Film Festival

Francesca Beale Theater

Sept 27th - Sept 30th

The Film Society of Lincoln Center celebrates American and international cinema, to recognize and support new filmmakers, and to enhance awareness, accessibility and understanding of the art among a broad and diverse film going audience. Sânge, by Mexican director Percival Argüero Mendoza, made its U.S. debut this year at the New York Film Festival as part of the Shorts Progam 2: Genre Stories, a program brand-new to the NYFF focusing on the best in horror, thrillers, sci-fi, twisted noir, and fantasy shorts from around the world.

Trailer:

* Upon viewing a mysterious and bone-chilling film titled SÂNGE, a young woman’s horror obsession blends dangerously with reality.

12th Morelia International Short Film Festival Winners

King Juan Carlos I of Spain Center / Auditorium

October 28th

The Morelia International Film Festival, one of Mexico’s most renowned gatherings for contemporary cinema, sent six award-winning short films from its 2014 edition ranging from animation to documentary. All films were screened at the King Juan Carlos I of Spain Center at NYU in Spanish with English subtitles. Following the screening, there was a Q&A with New York based emerging Mexican filmmakers: J. Xavier Velasco (Director/Producer), Tania Zarak (Producer/Writer), Alejandro Mejía (Cinematographer/Director). Sebastián Díaz (Director/Film Curator) was the moderator.

Best Animated Short Film: 9:30 am (9:30 am) Dir. Alfonso de la Cruz · 2014 · Mexico.

Ernesto, a child spending summer vacations at his grandmother’s, show us how moments of daily life are full of complex emotions with simple meanings. When a problem arises that the adults alone understand, Ernesto’s life is affected. He must discover the secret so that everything can be normal again. The answer seems simple: feel more and think less.

Special Mention for a Short Documentary: Man of Maze (El hombre del maíz) Dir. Irving Mondragón · 2014 · France · Mexico.

To develop a means to measure the cycles of time, every civilization has created a calendar, one of the most revolutionary and complex puzzles ever designed by man. The men of maize have bequeathed us their memory and the secret of their calendars as they contemplate how the moon changes the questioning face with which she was born into a smile that illuminates the meeting of shadows and light.

Best Short Documentary: The Wear of Agony (El sudor de la agonía) Dir. Mariano Rentería Garnica · 2014 · Mexico.

This is the re-interpretation of a truth. It is a visual waltz through the spaces, people, and objects that make up the working class of Mexico, a place where their reality and their dreams dance and dialogue.

Stories (Historias) Dir. Ana Ireri Campos Estrada · 2014 · Mexico.

A woman, Victoria Almazán Cortés, is in pain; and she is alone. Victoria is a well known, successful author after releasing two her first two books. She is about to write her third book but is suffering from a broken heart and multiple addictions. This is the beginning of a new story for Victoria, one with an unexpected ending.

Best Work from the Michoacan Section: Never Come Back (Nunca regreses) Dir. José Leonardo Díaz Vega · 2014 · Mexico.

Two young friends accept a job, unaware that they may never return to where they were or to their old life.

Best Short Fiction Film: Ramona (Ramona) Dir. Giovanna Zacarías · 2014 · Mexico.

Ramona is 84, and she has announced that she is ready to die. While her family is making the preparations, however, she changes her mind.
Proyector Program 2: Digging the Roots of a Denied Civilization

Maysles Cinema

November 8th – December 13th

Proyector is a showcase of contemporary independent Mexican films blending fiction with non-fiction elements. Program 2: Digging the Roots of a Denied Civilization, presented a series of current visions of indigenous Mexico. Stories and subjects with a strong connection to nature, serve as a metaphor to explore global themes like identity, family or aging. The second part of the program featured the films Rehje and Cuates de Australia. Directors Anais Huerta and Everardo González were present during the presentations.

Trailer Cuates de Australia:

Interview with director Anais Huerta

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