Each year, World Cinema Amsterdam focuses on a country from Latin America, Asia or Africa where interesting films are currently being made. This year, Mexico is the film country in focus as part of World Cinema Amsterdam, with the programme Mexican Landscapes. A total of 15 feature-length fiction films and documentaries, as well as 20 short films, give an intriguing impression of Mexico and the current state of Mexican cinema.
Thanks to directors such as Alejandro González Iñárritu (Amores perros), Carlos Reygadas (Japón) and Alfonso Cuarón (Y tu mamá también), Mexican cinema has been undergoing a veritable revival since 2000. The exceptional work of Marianna Chenillo, Ernesto Contreras, Fernando Eimbcke, Nicolás Pereda, Rigoberto Perezcano (Norteado) and Pedro González-Rubio (Alamar), among others, shows that once again a new generation of talented filmmakers has arrived.
Award winning shorts
Elisa Miller certainly deserves a place among these. Her short film Ver llover won the Golden Palm in Cannes in 2007; like Carlos Armella’s Tierra y pan, which won the Golden Lion in Venice in 2008.
Naturally, we are immensely proud to be the first festival in the Netherlands to present the grand film Revolución (after Berlin and Cannes) – the opening film of Mexican Landscapes. Ten Mexican filmmakers show their talent in ten powerful short films, in which they give their vision of the 100th anniversary of the Mexican revolution.
All Mexican features at the festival made between 2007 and 2010 are eligible for the World Cinema Amsterdam Audience Award.