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04 June 2012
Mexican Cinema at 12th T-Mobile New Horizons Film Festival

With over a dozen films from some of the most fascinating Mexican directors of recent years and an accompanying retrospective of Carlos Reygadas' complete body of work, this year's 'Mexican Cinema' section is set to be one of the highlights of this year's festival lineup.

The Mexican cinema that has been the toast of the festival circuit of late has little in common with the spectacular style of Alejandro González Iñárritu or the films of Diego Luna, Alfonso Cuarón, Guillermo del Toro and Robert Rodriguez. This New Horizons retrospective shows that today the work of many Mexican filmmakers is much closer in spirit to European and Asian minimalist cinema than it is to the Hollywood glitter of American movies. And that isn't too surprising - Mexican culture, after all, is made up of enduring contrasts. Nobel Prize winner Octavio Paz's classic collection of essays on the Mexican search for identity, The Labyrinth of Solitude, published in 1950, in many ways still rings true today: the effusive, direct, passionate and brilliant Spanish heritage continues to clash and meld with what is fundamentally Mexican - the melancholy stoicism, the cordiality, the humility, but also the attention to esthetic form.

Paz's reflections, though penned over half a century ago, could very well stand today as the manifesto of Mexico's youngest generation of filmmakers, those born in the seventies and eighties, and whose films have been described, not altogether generously, as 'chamago cinema' (grimy cinema) by some of Mexico's more conservative critical voices.

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