Mark Your Calendars: Mexican Films Bathe in Spotlight at Cine Mexico
by Jace Amodo, September 16, 2019 3:51pm
Stills from respective films
Filipinos are no stranger to Mexican films with manillennials growing up with Marimar and many Mexican soap operas aired on primetime. But little do we know the realm of Mexican cinema goes beyond the beautiful female lead and rich antagonist template.
Seven full-length films will capture Filipino movie enthusiasts to know more about the "Land of Shaking Earth." Get closer to Mexico’s culture and arts through Cine Mexico Film Festival, happening from September 20 to 24 at the Red Carpet, Shangri-La Plaza in Mandaluyong.
From action to animation and comedy to drama, here are all the films to see at Cine Mexico 2019.
Qué Culpa Tiene el Niño (Don’t Blame the Kid) (2016)
Directed by Gustavo Loza
Featuring actress Karla Souza (Laurel from the award-winning series How to Get Away with Murder), this film is about the rollercoaster ride of a life a woman is bound to have after a one-night stand results in an unexpected pregnancy. Here, she marries the father of the child, no matter how immature and financially unstable he is.
El Angel en el Reloj (The Angel in the Clock) (2017)
Directed by Miguel Ángel Uriegas
Childhood cancer changes anyone's perception of time. A little girl with leukemia desires to stop it. In her attempt, Malachi, an angel hidden in her cuckoo clock, takes her to a realm filled with floating clock-castles. Here we learn about the lessons about the importance of "here" and "now."
La Carga (Load) (2015)
Directed by Alan Jonsson
With seven nominations at the Ariel Awards, Mexico's version of Oscars, La Carga is a must-see film. It revolves around an indigenous man and a Spanish noblewoman's great quest for freedom in the late 16th century, where the New World seems like a blur. Along the way, the two resolve their differences and develop a much more intimate relationship.
Enamorándome de Abril (Falling in Love with Abril) (2015)
Directed by Joel Nuñez
The film centers on the lives of a steely journalist who secretly published books under a female name, and a lady romance writer who uses a male pseudonym; put them together and you get this hilarious film about our different concepts of love and identity crises.
Como Agua Para Chocolate (Like Water for Chocolate) (1992)
Directed by Alfonso Arau
This film is the only 90s film on the list, and it tells the story of generations, starting from a young girl named Tita. Because of their family tradition to forbid the youngest child to marry, Tita is forced to take care of her mother until she dies. In time, she discovers that she can magically infuse her emotions into her cooking.
La Boda de Valentina (Valentina’s Wedding) (2018)
Directed by Marco Polo Constandse
The typical wedding comedy setting gets a new treatment in this film. When Valentina's American fiance Jason insists they go to her hometown in Mexico, her perfect life in New York turns upside down. When she thought the chaotic political family she left in Mexico was a thing of the past, she is sucked into it again.
Cuando Los Hijos Regresan (The Kids are Back) (2018)
Directed by Hugo Lara
For many parents, retirement means successfully bringing up their children until they have lives of their own and being able to relax with no more responsibilities. However, in this film, the elderly couple has to defend their home from their grown children who're moving back in.
The similarities of the Philippines and Mexico goes beyond our national currency, and Cine Mexico will show just that through its roster of films. Admission is free, but on a first-come, first-served basis.
- Qué Culpa Tiene el Niño
- Don’t Blame the Kid
- Gustavo Loza
- Red Carpet
- Film Festival
- Cine Mexico
- El Angel en el Reloj
- The Angel in the Clock
- Miguel Ángel Uriegas
- La Carga (Load) (2015)
- Alan Jonsson
- Enamorándome de Abril
- Falling in Love with Abril
- Joel Nuñez
- Como Agua Para Chocolate
- Like Water for Chocolate
- Alfonso Arau
- La Boda de Valentina
- Valentina’s Wedding
- Marco Polo Constandse
- Cuando Los Hijos Regresan
- The Kids are Back
- Hugo Lara