Tucson Cine Mexico, Mar. 20-24

The annual Tucson Cine Mexico returns March 20-24, 2013 to celebrate contemporary Mexican cinema with award winning films and special guests. The University of Arizona's Hanson Film Institute and The Consulate of Mexico in Tucson are proud to present this next installment of Tucson Cine Mexico taking place at several locations. 

Tucson Cine Mexico is the premiere film festival in the US focusing on the work of Mexican producers and directors. Tucson Cine Mexico is produced in association with New York based Cinema Tropical and Mexico based Ambulante Documentary Film Festival.  The film festival specializes in presenting impressive work by new talent on the international film scene. Several films in the program are directorial debuts or second features by talented filmmakers. To put a spotlight on Tucson Cine Mexico serving as a showcase for new talent, this year the film festival will present its inaugural Tucson Cine Mexico Jaguar Award to the film that the producers of the festival think is the most impressive feature film directorial debut.  The winner of the 2013 Jaguar Award is El Lenguaje de los Machetes/Machete Language directed by Kyzza Terrazas.

This year's festival features a mix of award-winning narrative feature and feature documentaries and short films. All screenings are Arizona premieres and the festival's closing night film, Teatro Penitenciario-Libertad Desde la Sombra, will be a United States premiere. Vicky Westover, Tucson Cine Mexico director says, "This year we are presenting films in diverse genres to show the great variety of work being produced in Mexico. The 2013 lineup includes a romantic comedy; a political thriller; an edgy, punk love story; an LGBT issues film; a horror film; a teenage drama; documentaries, and films that present the perspective of indigenous people." 

Westover says, "The most anticipated films are two films that did very well at the Mexican Box Office, the political thriller Colosio: El Asesinato/Colosio: The Assasination, directed by award winning director Carlos Bolado, and the romantic comedy Aquí Entre Nos/Between Us, starring beloved Mexican actors Carmen Beato and Jesus Ochoa. Director Carlos Bolado will be at the festival to present his film, and Carmen Beato and Jesus Ochoa will be at the screening of Between Us at the Fox Tucson Theatre for an on stage post screening conversation. 

Before the film screenings start, Tucson Cine Mexico kicks off with Mediating Indigenous Identity: A Panel on Representations of Indigenous People in Mexican Film. The festival also includes two films, Tierra Brillante/Brilliant Soil and Silvestre Panteleon that present indigenous perspectives. Silvestre Panteleón is the first film the festival has shown that is in an indigenous language, in this case Náhuatl.

All screenings and events are free and open to the public and will take place Wednesday, March 20 through Sunday, March 24, 2013.  A panel will be held on the UA campus. Screenings will be held at Harkins Tucson Spectrum Theatres and at the Fox Tucson Theatre. Sponsors of Tucson Cine Mexico are UA Confluence Center, Cox, Harkins Theatres, and Providence Services Corporation.