The Mexican revolution began one hundred years ago with the overthrow of the country’s dictatorial President Porfirio Díaz. Revolución is a portmanteau film in which ten directors look back in ten short films at the violent upheaval that was to bring dramatic changes to the country. In his film, 30/30, Rodrigo Plá observes commemorative events and local politicians’ speeches. In EL CURA NICOLÁS COLGADO by Amat Escalanate, a boy and a girl come across a priest hanging in a tree. In ESTE ES MI REINO, Carlos Reygadas describes a group of proud Mexicans who invite their foreign friends to join them for a celebration in the country. In LA TIENDA DE RAYA Mariana Chenillo reminds us that, even today, workers are sometimes paid in coupons, which, just as in pre-revolutionary Mexico, they can only redeem in shops owned by their employers. Patricia Riggen’s film, LINDO Y QUERIDO, revolves around an American’s dying wish to be buried in the land he was once forced to leave. The titular protagonist LUCIO in Gael García Bernal’s film is enlightened by his cousin, Omar, as to the sometimes contradictory meanings of certain national symbols. Daniel has an unpleasant altercation with his wife in Diego Luna’s PACÍFICO. He winds up at the beach where he begins to realise that he can only fulfil his dreams by being at home with his family. In R-100 by Gerardo Narango, two workers try to run away from their past; Rodrigo García has the ghosts of deceased revolutionaries pay a visit to Los Angeles in LA 7TH Y ALVARADO, and, in LA BIENVENIDA, Fernando Eimbcke portrays a village that awaits the arrival of a special guest. _ Revolución_ – ten stories commemorating the centenary of the Mexican Revolution. —Berlinale
Carlos Reygadas Castillo is a Mexican filmmaker known for his three films Batalla en el Cielo, Japón and Stellet Licht (Luz Silenciosa). After Batalla en el Cielo he was known for his raw depiction of sex on his films and the use of old or ugly characters. With Stellet Licht Carlos competed once more for the Palm d’or at the 2007 edition of the Cannes Film Festival, and has become one of the most prominent writer/directors of modern cinema.
In 1987 Carlos Reygadas discovered his filmic passion after watching the films Andrei Tarkovsky. He studied Law in Mexico, afterwards he specialized in Armed Conflicts in London and worked for the United Nations.
In 1997 Carlos participated in a film competition in Belgium with his first short film, Maxhumain. Shortly after that, in 1999 he began writing his first long film: Japón, which he didn’t began to shoot until 2001. The film was presented at the Rotterdam Film Festival and received a special metion on the Caméra d’Or award at… read more
Actor. Born November 30, 1978 in Guadalajara, Mexico. The son of actors, Garcia Bernal began acting at a very young age. He starred in soap operas as a teenager, quickly becoming a heartthrob in his native Mexico. At 19, he moved to London to study acting at the Central School of Speech and Drama.
Garcia Bernal returned to Mexico to take the lead in some of the country’s most acclaimed films, including 2000’s Oscar-nominated Amores Perros, 2001’s Y Tu Mamá También, and 2002’s El Crimen del Padre Amaro. In 2004, he starred as Che Guevera in The Motorcycle Diaries, a celebrated adaptation of the Cuban revolutionary’s chronicle of his early travels across South America.
In 2006, Garcia Bernal took on his first English-language film, The King. That year, he also appeared in The Science of Sleep and Babel, the latter of which co-stars Brad Pitt and Cate Blanchett and is rumored to be an Oscar contender. —biography.com
Fernando Eimbcke (born in 1970 in Mexico City) is a Mexican film director and screenwriter. Fernando Eimbcke studied film direction at the Centro Universitario de Estudios Cinematográficos of the UNAM (1992–1996). He started his career directing music videoclips and short films. His feature debut in Mexican cinema was the 2004 Temporada de patos (Duck Season), which won several Film Festival awards including the Ariel Award for Best Film. His latest film, Lake Tahoe was received positively at the Berlin International Film Festival, winning two awards. —Wikipedia
Amat Escalante (born 28 February 1979 in Barcelona, Spain) is a Mexican director, producer and screenwriter known for his films Sangre and Los Bastardos. Escalante has spent the majority of his life in Guanajuato, Mexico, though he was born in Barcelona, Spain. He came back to Barcelona to study motion picture editing and sound at the Centre of Cinematographic Studies in Catalunya. Later on he studied at the International School of Film and Television in Cuba. In 2003, he received an award at the Berlin Film Festival for his short film Amarrados. His 2005 film Sangre was included in the section Un Certain Regard at the 2005 Cannes Film Festival. It was also presented at the Rotterdam Film Festival and the San Sebastian Film Festival. He is a close friend and collaborator of Carlos Reygadas. —Wikipedia
Rodrigo García (born 24 August 1959) is a Colombian-born television and film director.
García was born in Bogotá, Colombia, the son of Colombian writer Gabriel García Márquez and Mercedes Barcha Pardo. Because of this he knew Carlos Fuentes, Julio Cortázar, Pablo Neruda and Luis Buñuel when he was young
García has directed a variety of independent films such as the award-winning “Nine Lives” and “Albert Nobbs” and several episodes of the HBO series, Six Feet Under, Carnivàle, and Big Love. He created, wrote and directed the wildly popular HBO hit “In Treatment” As of 1987, he lives in the United States.
He has also worked as a camera operator and a cinematographer for several films such as Gia, The Birdcage and Great Expectations.
His film Nine Lives was nominated for the William Shatner Golden Groundhog Award for Best Underground Movie, the other nominated films were Green Street Hooligans, MirrorMask, Up for Grabs and Opie Gets Laid. —Wikipedia read more
Diego Luna was born Diego Luna Alexander in Mexico City; the son of Fiona Alexander, an English costume designer, and Alejandro Luna, a Mexican set designer who is one of the most acclaimed living theatre, cinema and opera set designers in Mexico. His mother died in a car accident when he was two years old. She had worked in the film industry and had made sure that this was a life Luna would be immersed in. His father also reinforced the importance of theater and the arts in his life. In Luna’s youth, he would bring him to the sets and mentor him in all different aspects of his art, furthering his desire to become an actor and uphold a family tradition. In 2008 he wed Mexican actress Camila Sodi and their son Jerónimo was born on August 12, 2008. They are expecting their second child in July 2010.
From an early age Luna began acting in television, film, and theatre. His first television role was in the 1991 movie El Último Fin de Año. His next role was in the telenovela… read more
Gerardo Naranjo grew up in Salamanca, Mexico, and studied at the Universidad Iberoamericana in Mexico City. After making the short film Black Dog (01), he earned an M.F.A. at the American Film Institute. Upon completing his award-winning thesis film, The Last Attack of the Beast (02), he went on to direct the features Malachance (03), Drama/Mex (06), the Festival title I’m Gonna Explode (08), Revolución (10) and Miss Bala (11). —TIFF
Rodrigo Plá (born 9 June 1968 in Montevideo, Uruguay) is a Uruguay screenwriter and director. He is known for his 2007 film La Zona (The Zone), studied photography, screenwriting and direction at the Centro de capacitacion cinematogrfica in Mexico City, where he has lived since he was 11. In 1988 he directed his first short-film. —Wikipedia
The first part of a video interview series from Cannes by myself and Ryland Walker Knight.
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