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Mexican Films For 2015
By Eric Ortiz Garcia
With the Gloria Trevi biopic Gloria opening in cinemas last Thursday, the year officially began for the Mexican film industry. It’s time then to see how 2015 looks for Mexican cinema by listing some of the confirmed releases for the next twelve months.
Aztec Warrior (dir. Scott Sanders)
The director of Black Dynamite is behind this production backed by Pantelion Films, Lionsgate and Televisa’s company that specializes in Latino audiences. It was way back in 2012 when Todd Brown first wrote about this project: “Luis Guzman in the title role with Terry Crews (The Expendables) and Mexican comedian Eugenio Derbez in support. Sanders cites cult hits such as Santo and Blue Demon vs. Frankenstein and Mil Mascaras vs. the Aztec Mummy as key influences.”
Carmín Tropical (dir. Rigoberto Pérezcano)
The big winner of Morelia 2014 is Rigoberto Pérezcano’s fiction about Juchitán’s muxes. The director has described the film as “pink noir”, as the film’s protagonist returns to the town of Juchitán to investigate the murder of one of her best friends.
Las Oscuras Primaveras (dir. Ernesto Contreras)
One of the most talked about titles at Morelia 2014 was Las Oscuras Primaveras, a film about a sudden affair between a single mother (Irene Azuela) and a married worker (José María Yazpik) and how this encounter will reflect their unhappy reality.
The Hours with You (dir. Catalina Aguilar Mastretta)
Catalina Aguilar Mastretta’s debut feature premiered last year at the Guadalajara film festival, where it was described as this: “Ema finds out she is pregnant with an unplanned child she's not sure she wants to keep, the same week her beloved grandmother becomes gravely ill. Spending her last days at her grandmother's side, Ema is forced to spend time with her estranged, larger than life mother, getting to know her and seeing her with new eyes. As she spends time with the people gathered around her grandmother in her last days; Ema re-evaluates her beliefs, her fears and her set ideas about family, love and parenthood.”
Top Cat Begins (dir. Andrés Couturier)
Ánima Estudios’ 3D companion piece to that 2011 disaster called Top Cat: The Movie.
Un Gallo Con Muchos Huevos (dir. Gabriel Riva Palacio Alatriste)
The kiddies will want to check this one out, the third movie based on the famous Huevocartoon and first in 3D. I predict this to be both a massive box office success and a critical failure.
Güeros (dir. Alonso Ruiz Palacios) and The Incident (dir. Isaac Ezban)
The two most acclaimed Mexican films of 2014 are getting a proper release this year. You can read my review of The Incident here, and Ernesto Zelaya’s Güeros, reviewed here.