Are there Mexican films for wellbeing

Magic cinema: Mexico in the focus of world cinema

Perhaps the most astonishing phenomenon of the current Mexican film miracle is the seemingly effortless connection between art and commerce. Films like "Roma", "Shape of Water", "Babel" or "Pan's Labyrinth" are internationally successful at the box office, but also delight in the criticism. For almost 20 years, directors, screenwriters and actors from the Central American country have established themselves at the forefront of world cinema. They are regularly invited to the important festivals, win prizes, but are also successful at the box offices in many countries around the world.

Breakthrough with "Amores Perros"

In 2000 the cinematic bloom, which still continues today, began. "Amores Perros", the brilliant debut of the then 37-year-old director Alejandro Gonzáles Iñárritu, delighted the international film world. The film historian Roman Mauer wrote in a volume about the young Mexican cinema, which investigated the phenomenon ten years ago, in an essay on Inárritu's debut: "'Amores Perros' bundles the stylistic developments in the auteur cinema of the 1990s into a powerful synergy: the new one Realism in the milieu studies on the one hand, the episodic narration of parallel worlds on the other - two trends that have pushed back the artificiality of postmodernism and linear hero's journeys. "

Leonardo DiCaprio and Alejandro Gonzalez Iñárritu are happy about their Oscars for "The Revenant"

The now world-famous and Oscar-winning directors Alfonso Cuarón and Guillermo del Toro also managed to stay true to their Mexican roots and not deny their cultural background even when they were shooting in Hollywood on a large budget. They managed to work with stars like Brad Pitt, Cate Blanchett or George Clooney without indulging in a soulless Hollywood mediocrity, which was only shaped by commercial goals.

Golden Lion 2018 for Alfonso Cuarón

Cuarón, who gave his business card in 2001 with the wonderful study on growing up "Y tu mamá también - Lust for Life", shone in the USA with the large-scale productions "Children of Men" and "Gravity", and was even able to win for his contribution to Harry Potter series ("HP and the Prisoner of Azkaban", 2004) set their own accents.

At the Venice festival he won the Golden Lion for his very personal film "Roma" (our picture above) - and later several Academy Awards. An argument ensued about "Roma", which Cuarón had shot back in his homeland after years of work in Hollywood. The film was bought by "Netflix" and should initially only be shown there. But then it came to the cinemas - for a short time - and won the Oscars.

Guillermo del Toro and two of his Oscars for "Shape of Water"

Guillermo del Toro, who made his Mexican debut in 1993 with the fantastic-mystical "Cronos", first established himself in Hollywood with shockers like "Hellboy" or "Mimic". If you had thought that this master of the eerie effect would succumb to the lure of the Hollywood cinema machine, del Toro surprised you in 2006 with "Pan's Labyrinth". The dark, surrealistic and fascinating study of the aftermath of the Spanish Civil War won three Academy Awards.

Del Toro followed up on this seamlessly two years ago: "Shape of Water" cleverly combined fantasy and horror, melodrama and history. There were prizes in abundance for that too.

Still to be discovered: Carlos Reygadas

Director Carlos Reygadas took a completely different direction. Wolfgang Martin Hamdorf characterizes Reygadas in the volume "The Young Mexicans" as "an unusual filmmaker, even within such an unusual film country as Mexico".

With six films (most recently the "Nuestro tiempo" presented in Venice), Reygadas has earned the reputation of a visually extraordinary representative of his craft: "His very own synthesis of transcendence and realism is the result of a skilful mixture of naturalness by amateur actors, an almost metaphorical one Stylization and an excellent observation of the details, "says Hamdorf.

Luis Buñuel

19 years ago at the turn of the millennium, the film world was hardly prepared for the "Nuevo Cine Mexicano". Although some works caused a sensation at festivals in the 1990s and were also successful at the box offices across the country, what was to follow from 2000 onwards is extraordinarily remarkable in terms of film history. You have to look back to the time after the Second World War, when Luis Buñuel, who came from Spain, caused a sensation with his films in Mexican exile, in order to discover comparable international attention for the film country Mexico.

In Luis Buñuel's footsteps

Inárritu, Cuarón and del Toro now tie in with some things. In her films, too, the audience encounters a magical combination of hard everyday realism and surrealistic elements. They are worthy successors, but completely independent in their artistic standards, who a few decades after Buñuel's work in exile in Mexico have now followed in the great footsteps of the native Spaniard.