Nuevo Cine Mexicano

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Nuevo Cine Mexicano (New Mexican Cinema) refers to a period of Mexican cinema from the 1990s to the present day. It distinguish from previous Mexican cinema for its production of higher quality films. Since the fall of the Golden Age of Mexican cinema (1930s-1960s) the quality of Mexican films downgraded itself, and resulted in the rise of infamous Mexican genres such as Luchador films, Sexicomedias and ultimately the low-budget direct-to-video Mexploitation films.

An earliest example of this new wave of filmmakers were Arturo Ripstein, Alfonso Arau, Alfonso Cuarón and Maria Novaro, producing popular films like Como agua para chocolate (Like Water for Chocolate) (1992), La Otra Conquista (The Other Conquest) (1999), and Sexo, pudor y lágrimas (Sex, Shame, and Tears) (1999).[1]

More recently, films such as Amores Perros (2000) and Y tu mamá también (2001) enjoyed box office and critical acclaim and propelled Alfonso Cuarón and Alejandro González Iñarritu to the front rank of Hollywood directors. Alejandro González Iñárritu directed in (2010) Biutiful and Birdman (2014), Alfonso Cuarón directed Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban in (2004) and Gravity (2013). Guillermo del Toro close friend of Cuarón and also a front rank Hollywood director in Hollywood and Spain, directed Pan's Labyrinth (2006) and produce El Orfanato (2007). Carlos Carrera (The Crime of Father Amaro), and screenwriter Guillermo Arriaga are also some of the most known present-day Mexican film makers. Rudo y Cursi released in December (2008) in Mexico directed by Carlos Cuarón.

European influence[edit]

In recent years, particularly since 2000, some directors have made "independent productions looking for more personal expression, under a greater influence of European cinema.[2] The most representative films of this trend are Japón and Batalla en el cielo (Battle in heaven), both directed by Carlos Reygadas. Other films include Mil nubes de paz cercan el cielo, amor, jamás acabrás de ser amor (A Thousand Clouds of Peace Fence the Sky, Love; Your Being Love Will Never End) and El cielo dividido (Broken Sky), directed by Julián Hernández, and Sangre, directed by Amat Escalante and produced by Jaime Romandía and Reygadas.

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Wood, Jason (2006). The Faber Book of Mexican Cinema. Faber and Faber. ISBN 057121732X. 
  2. ^ González Vargas, Carla; et al. (2006). Rutas del cine mexicano. CONACULTA IMCINE. ISBN 9685893292.