Espectáculo a diario is the title of the retrospective that the Locarno Film Festival will present in 2023, dedicated to popular Mexican cinema. All the details.
In recent years, Mexican cinema has consistently been among the most interesting on a global level. Authors like Guillermo del Toro, Alfonso Cuaron And Alejandro González Iñárritu are among the most appreciated and awarded. The visionary gaze of this generation of filmmakers is deeply rooted in a rich tradition of popular cinema, as loved at home as it is unknown or little studied abroad, and to which the Locarno Film Festival will pay homage during its next edition.
“Espectáculo a diario – Las Distintas Temporadas del Cine Popular Mexicano” (“Every day a show – The many seasons of Mexican popular cinema”) will be a “reconnaissance of Mexican production from the 1940s to the end of the 1960s, decades of exceptional creativity, populated by extraordinary stars, divas and authors, who have inspired entire generations. It will be the second Retrospective of the Locarno Film Festival dedicated to Mexican cinema – after that of 1957 -, edited by Olaf Möller with the collaboration of Roberto Turigliatto and will show, among others, works by Emilio Fernández, Alejandro Galindo, Chano Urueta, Miguel Melitón Delgado, Juan Bustillo Oro, Gilberto Martinez Solares and of many others, presenting 36 rare filmssome of which have never been seen so far, all to be discovered”.
“The desire is to try and change the perception of such a rich and important film and cultural production. In the wake of a new and stronger postcolonial awareness, these films, which have so far escaped the attention of cinephiles, deserve to be discovered and valued as a crucial movement of cultural and creative independence, of linguistic and formal originality. There is a whole world that still deserves to be discovered: musicals, comedies, luchadores, vampires, detectives and monsters, revolutionary melodramas, noir and bullfighting films. From science fiction to horror, from mysteries to religious films. All the colors of Mexican cinema in a single Retrospective.” – Jonah A. Nazzaroartistic director of the Locarno Film Festival.
Olaf Möller, co-curator of the Retrospective, will also be responsible for a collection of essays that will explore the value of this production from a historical and critical point of view: “We will present the works of all the major masters of the period, but also of many of the lesser ones, through gems of all kinds. Mostly, we will show how high and low need each other and how a film culture confident in its audience has come to dare to be everything and to try anything he wanted to do.”
The Retrospectivecurated by Olaf Möller, writer, programmer and film critic, with the participation of Roberto Turigliatto, film critic, is organized by the Locarno Film Festival in collaboration with the official partners Cinémathèque suisse and MUBI. MUBI, the global streaming service, producer and distributor of films, will present on its platform a focus on Mexican cinema during the month of August: a celebration of the Retrospective that will thus be able to expand its borders digitally. The Retrospective is also made possible by the support of the main Mexican film institutions such as Cineteca Nacional México, Filmoteca UNAM and the Instituto Mexicano de Cinematografía (IMCINE). After the presentation in Locarno, the Retrospective will be toured in prestigious venues thanks to the involvement of Swiss and international institutions.