Movie Poster of the Week: Mexican Art Posters from the Black Canvas Film Festival

A charming and eccentric selection of designs by young female artists commissioned by the Mexico City festival.
Adrian Curry

Above: You Have the Night (Ivan Salactic, Montenegro/Serbia, 2018). Art by Valeria Alvarez.

Last month, the three year old Black Canvas Festival de Cine Contemporáneo in Mexico City unveiled an interesting project. The festival commissioned the artist Alejandra Acosta Chavez to invite ten young female Mexican (or Mexico-based) artists and illustrators to create alternative posters for the films in their New Horizon competition (a section devoted to debut or sophomore films by international filmmakers). The results, which were exhibited during the festival, including a piece by Chavez herself, are in an exciting variety of styles—from monochrome pen and ink to colorful vector graphics to needlepoint (!)—and give us a chance to get to know a group of young, talented female artists. More information on each is linked below.

Above: Again Once Again (Romina Paula, Argentina, 2019). Art by Manuela Eguía.

Above: Behind the Shutters (Messaline Raverdy, Belgium, 2018). Art by Anabel Venegas.

Above: Bird Island (Maya Kosa & Sergio da Costa, Switzerland, 2019). Art by Iurhi Peña.

Above: Just Don’t Think I’ll Scream (Frank Beauvais, France, 2019). Art by Liz Mevill.

Above: Last Night I Saw You Smiling (Kavich Neang, Cambodia, 2019). Art by Liz Dot.

Above: Monsters (Marius Olteanu, Romania, 2019). Art by Andonella.

Above: MS Slavic 7 (Sofia Bohdanowicz & Deragh Campbell, Canada, 2019). Art by Paola Jalili.

Above: Seven Years in May (Affonso Uchôa, Brazil/Argentina, 2019). Art by Alejandra Acosta Chavez.

Above: Suburban Birds (Qui Sheng, China, 2018). Art by Noemí Diamante.

Above: Yung (Henning Gronkowski, Germany, 2018). Art by Satya Chatillon.

Many thanks to Black Canvas programmer Pedro Emilio Segura Bernal for alerting me to these wonderful designs.

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