Anthology Film Archives, Cinema Tropical and the Mexican Cultural Institute have announced a special initiative celebrating the vigorous revitalization of Mexican cinema that involves two special film series and two theatrical releases. The program starts Friday, July 8, with a retrospective of filmmaker Nicolás Pereda that includes a one week-run of his latest film Verano de Goliat / Summer of Goliath. Pereda, in his late twenties, has quickly amassed a body of work comprising five feature films and one short. His films combine aspects of some of the most notable trends in contemporary world cinema, including elements of deadpan minimalism, slacker cinema, the documentary/fiction hybrid, and long-take formalism. 'The Films of Nicolás Pereda is organized by FiGa Films.
The Mexican celebration continues in September with the theatrical premiere run of Eugenio Polgovsky's Los herederos / The Inheritors ( pictured, distributed by Icarus Films) one of the the most highly praised and awarded Mexican documentary in recent years. Hailed as "remarkable... a sometimes harrowing but also poetic and thoughtful film" by Screen Daily, The Inheritors is an austere portrait of children who have inherited tools and techniques from their ancestors, but have also inherited their day-to-day hardships and toil.
Rounding up the initiative, Anthology Film Archives will host “GenMex: Recent Films from Mexico”, a special series curated by Carlos A. Gutiérrez, presenting works made by some of the most outstanding filmmakers of this generation, including Drama/Mex (pictured), the debut feature film of Gerardo Naranjo (director of the Cannes’ favorite Miss Bala); Rabioso sol, rabioso cielo / Raging Sun, Raging Sky by Julián Hernández, described by Armond White (New York Press) as “Mexico’s finest, yet critically neglected, auteur”, as well as lesser-known yet exciting films that have had very limited exposure in the U.S. such as Jonás Cuarón’s Año Uña and Yulene Olaizola’s Intimidades de Shakespeare y Víctor Hugo / Shakespeare and Victor Hugo's Intimacies, winner of the Best Film award at the Buenos Aires Independent Film Festival (BAFICI).