Gael García Bernal, Mariana Chenillo, Fernando Eimbcke, Amat Escalante, Rodrigo García, Diego Luna, Gerardo Naranjo, Rodrigo Plá, Carlos Reygadas, Patricia Riggen | Mexico | 2010 | 105' | Spanish spoken, English subtitles
Ten voices at the forefront of Mexican cinema join together to celebrate the hundredth anniversary of the Mexican revolution.
In 1910, amid rampant political and social unrest in Mexico, revolutionaries rose up against the government. This November, one hundred years later, and again amid political and social strife, Mexico City’s Zocalo Square will once again resound with the celebratory cry of the Mexican Revolution. Adding their voices to the cries are the makers of Revolución, an extraordinary omnibus of ten short films by Mexico’s top talents, each of whom provide perspectives as distinctive as the ideals of the revolutionaries who fought together so long ago.
From the quiet to the fierce, the poignant to the political, Revolución casts a colourful and caustic eye over today’s Mexico: a country bursting with social contradictions and bold cinematic talent. As the directors present their individual takes on their homeland, our appreciation for the country deepens, even when the film brings into question rarely examined issues of long-standing traditions and blind patriarchy. Backed by the Mexican Film Institute, who granted the filmmakers complete creative control, Revolución captures the complex character of contemporary Mexico.