Greetings from Berlin! I’m here with Latina contributing editor Smriti Mundhra for the 60th Berlin International Film Festival, where we’ve seen a bunch of great movies from Colombia, Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Spain, and beyond. A lot of these movies are having their world premieres here, which means that the crew and actors have all traveled long distances to present their art. And if you’ve ever been to Berlin, you know this place knows a little somethin’ somethin’ about great art. Up first: check out Smriti's review of Mexico’s Revolución:
After the success of short film series Paris, Je T'Aime and New York, I Love You, big name directors have been clamoring to work in the ten-minutes-or-less genre. Most of these series focus on a city, but the boys at Canana (Diego Luna, Gael Garcia Bernal and their producer Pablo Cruz) have turned this concept on its head and created a series based on an idea: revolución.
The Mexican Revolution, to be exact, which celebrates its 100th anniversary this year. To commemorate the occasion, Canana tapped ten high-profile Mexican directors and asked them each to make a ten minute film interpreting the legacy of the revolution through their own eyes.
Highlights include Rodrigo Pla's 30/30, about a politician who enlists the help of Pancho Villa's grandson to further his own image and Patricia Riggen's Linda y Querida, which chronicles a young woman's journey to fulfill her father's dying wish of being buried in the homeland.
Diego Luna and Gael Garcia Bernal each directed one of the films. Luna's, in keeping the theme of his debut feature Abel, is about a man who has abandoned his young son and makes the decision to return to him. Bernal's film Lucio, one of the funniest of the bunch, is a coming-of-age film about a young boy's personal revolution of religion.
The result is a collection that ranges from scary to funny, touching to melodramatic, historical to contemporary. But all the films share one common theme: that, generation to generation, the revolución will not be forgotten.