Wednesday, June 10, 2009
“Amores Perros” (Love’s a Bitch) directed by Alejandro González Iñárritu is one of those movies that a lot of people remember or that is in their “movies to watch” list. This is not coincidental, because this is one of the most remarkable Mexican movies of the last decade. “Amores Perros” along with “Y tu mamá también” and “The Crime of Padre Amaro” are films that belong to what is called the “buena onda", or new wave of Mexican cinema.
Mexican film in the last decade has changed enormously. Before the 1990’s, Mexican films were mostly romantic comedies or action movies. During that time, government controlled the movie industry, including the content of the films. When the country’s administration changed, the new era of Mexican cinema started to flourish little by little.
Alfonso Cuarón, Alejandro González Iñárritu and Guillermo del Toro are some of the directors identified as part of this new wave. Lately, Gael García Bernal and Diego Luna, stars of “Y tu mamá también”, have recently begun directing and join this new wave as well. Even though the content of the movies in some cases has been challenged, this new generation of directors has insisted on showing Mexico’s reality or human nature in general as real as possible with all its cruelty, pain and beauty.
Some of the movies from this new wave that Austin Public Library offers are:
Japón by Carlos Reygadas
Mirada de Mujer by Antonio Serrano
Bella by Alejandro Monteverde
21 Grams by Alejandro González Iñárritu
The crime of Padre Amaro by Alfredo Ripstein
The violin by Francisco Vargas
Amores Perros (Love’s a Bitch) by Alejandro González Iñárritu
Y tu mamá también by Alfonso Cuarón
Pan’s Labyrinth by Guillermo del Toro
Posted by Aleph at 4:23 PM