The 53rd International Film Festival of India (IFFI) has prepared a celebration of captivating Mexican films for all its delegates. Several films from Mexico are being screened in this festival in different categories. Expressing his happiness in a video message, the Minister of Tourism, Government of Mexico, Miguel Toruko Marques said, “It is a great honor for me to share with you this important moment of the 53rd International Film Festival of Incredible India in Goa. Mexico is known for its unique culture and diversity, and our cinema is a very important part of this heritage. Our country is the land of great film directors and actors, Which we consider legends. Our films have received many awards around the world.” He described Mexican cinema as being born as an expression of the country’s social and cultural environment. He proudly shares the fact that his mother, María Elena Marques, and father, Miguel Toruko, were very popular actors from the ‘Golden Age’ of Mexican cinema.
He also said, “I have always thought that films are the best way to bridge differences between people and build relationships between nations. Mexico currently houses the great creativity and production potential of the international film industry, leading us to a new era of cinema. We are very proud to have the participation of Mexican films in this exclusive festival. I would like to extend my best support and appreciation to all those who are a part of this beautiful event. I wish you all success.
During the ‘IFFI Table Talk’ session, Alejandro de Icaza, producer of the film ‘Red Shoes’, said that the Mexican government has a fund for cinema under which they promote films, including artistic films like ours. It is very difficult to make such films without government encouragement as it is very difficult to commercialize them. He also said that he is exploring the possibility of jointly producing a film with India on the subject of marriage. We are actually trying to jointly make a film about marriage. Weddings in both countries are big, colorful and last for several days. Such cultural affinities may also lead to other projects in the future.
The 2022 Mexican film Red Shoes will compete with 14 other films in the international competition section, with the winner being awarded the prestigious Golden Peacock Award. Red Shoes , directed by Carlos Eshelman Kaiser, is a film about a farmer who lives a lonely life and receives news of his daughter’s death. The film was in competition for the Audience Award at the Venice International Film Festival and has received several festival nominations.
The film ‘Island of Lost Girls’ co-produced by Mexico and the United States is in the running for the award for ‘Best Debut Feature Director’. Directed by Ann-Marie Schmidt and Brian Schmidt, the film is a thriller about three sisters who become trapped in a sea cave while battling giant waves and supernatural creatures. The film was screened at the Moscow International Film Festival as well as the Fantasia Festival.
Manto de Gemas (Robe of Gems) is a co-production of Mexico and Argentina which was performed under the festival’s Kaleidoscope segment. The film is set in rural Mexico where three women from different social classes tragically become involved in organized crime over a missing person case. Other films of Mexican origin that have made an appearance at the 53rd IFFI include Blanquita, Soul’s Journey, Emi, Pinocchio and Hucera.