The Film Lab is excited to collaborate with Cinema Lamont & a/perture cinema to bring back Cine Mexico Now–now entirely virtual for 2020!

Featuring some of the best in contemporary Mexican cinema, this year’s program runs from September 15 – October 13 in celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month, with a new film available to stream each week. Films include recent selections from the 2020 Sundance Film Festival, as well as a free program of 6 short films! All Cine Mexico selections are available in Spanish with English subtitles.


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Opening Film

Available Sep. 15-21

DIR Fernanda Valadez | Mexico | 2020 | 94 min

Middle-aged Magdalena (Mercedes Hernandez) has lost contact with her son after he took off with a friend from their town of Guanajuato to cross the border into the U.S., hopeful to find work. Desperate to find out what happened to him—and to know whether or not he’s even alive—she embarks on an ever-expanding and increasingly dangerous journey to discover the truth. At the same time, a young man named Miguel (David Illescas) has returned to Mexico after being deported from the U.S., and eventually, his path converges with Magdalena’s. From this simple but urgent premise, director Fernanda Valadez has crafted a lyrical, suspenseful slow burn, equally constructed of moments of beauty and horror, and which leads to a startling, shattering conclusion. Winner of the World Cinema Dramatic Audience and Screenplay Awards at the 2020 Sundance Film Festival.

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Cine Mexico Now Shorts

Available Sep 22-28

A program showcasing the best in award-winning contemporary short films from Mexico. Recommended for ages 10 and up. 

ELENA AND THE SHADOWS [Elena y las sombras]
DIR Cepeda Sánchez, César Gabriel | Mexico | 2016 | 7 min

STARDUST [Polvo de estrellas]
DIR Aldo Sotelo Lázaro | Mexico | 2017 | 14 min

THE TRUMPET PLAYER [El trompetista]
DIR Robin Morales | Mexico | 2014 | 10 min

TINTICO’S AFTERNOONS [Las tardes del Tintico]
DIR Alejandro García Caballero | Mexico | 2012 | 11 min

DIR Bárbara Balsategui | Mexico | 2014 | 15 min

DIR Alexandra Castellanos Solís | Mexico | 2017 | 8 min

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THE HOWLS [Se Escuchan Aullidos]

Available Sep 29-Oct 5

DIR Julio Hernández Cordón | Mexico | 2020 | 70 min

Acclaimed filmmaker Julio Hernández Cordón (BUY ME A GUN, Cine Mexico Now 2018) has crafted a highly personal, experimental documentary, exploring the city of his youth through the eyes of his teenage daughter. Playing himself alongside his actual daughter Fabiana, he guides her through the city of Texcoco, looking for a vanished lake with diversions along the way to meet Aztec Kings and werewolves. THE HOWLS is a double self-portrait that finds the filmmaker playful, subversive, and utterly free of genre conventions.

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The State of Mexican Cinema

Virtual Panel Discussion – Sun, Oct 11, 3:00

Join us for a special conversation with award-winning filmmakers and Cine Mexico Now alums Hari Sama (THIS IS NOT BERLIN) and Sebastián Hoffman (TIME SHARE). We’ll be discussing their latest projects, funding, film festivals, and how COVID-19 has affected the Mexican film industry.

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SUMMER WHITE [Blanco de verano]

Closing Film

Available Oct. 6-13

DIR Rodrigo Ruiz Patterson | Mexico | 2020 | 85 min

13-year-old Rodrigo is a solitary teenager who finds solace in his intimate relationship with his mother, Valeria. She is his best friend, his protector, and his entire world. When her new boyfriend comes to live in their small house on the outskirts of Mexico City, however, Rodrigo finds his domain completely disrupted. He must decide if he should accept his new family or fight back and hurt the person he loves the most. Official Selection, 2020 Sundance Film Festival.
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