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Mexico fetes Cuaron's Oscars, but filmmakers keep feet on ground

By Michael O'Boyle MEXICO CITY (Reuters) - As Mexico basks in the glow of its first best director Oscar for Alfonso Cuaron and his blockbuster film "Gravity," a new generation of homegrown filmmakers wonders if the magic of the golden statuette will rub off on them. Cuaron's 3D space thriller scooped seven Oscars, the most of any film on Sunday, and was lauded for groundbreaking special effects conveying space and weightlessness, though it lost the best picture award to drama "12 Years a Slave.

Cuaron wins first directing Oscar for Latin America

As a boy, Mexico's Alfonso Cuaron dreamed of becoming an astronaut. Instead, he has soared into Hollywood's stratosphere, winning the best director Oscar on Sunday for his space thriller "Gravity." Cuaron became the first Latin American to win the film world's top directing prize, with a 3D movie starring George Clooney and Sandra Bullock as astronauts lost in space after an accident.

Iñarritu in talks with Warner to direct "The Jungle Book"

Los Angeles, Dec 5 (EFE).- Mexican director Alejandro Gonzalez Iñarritu is negotiating with Warner Bros. about taking charge of a film adaption of "The Jungle Book," Deadline reported. Callie Kloves, daughter of Harry Potter series screenwriter Steve Kloves, wrote the script for Warner's planned live-action version of Rudyard Kipling's 1894 novel and her father is the producer. Walt Disney Pictures, whose animated "Jungle Book" came out in 1967, announced in July that it was working on a live-action version to be directed by Jon Favreau ("Iron Man").

Hollywood needs Latino actors: Mexico's Bichir

One year after his Oscar nomination, Mexican actor Demian Bichir says Hollywood needs Latino artists while his soaring career puts him in the director's chair for the first time. In an interview with AFP in his Mexico City home, Bichir spoke about his new film "Refugio," his leading role in the US television series "The Bridge" and his disappointment in Mexican politicians. Bichir earned a best actor nomination last year for his role as a Mexican undocumented immigrant in Los Angeles who strives to keep his son away from gangs.

Box office hits, prizes buoy Mexican cinema

With wildly popular comedies and hard-hitting dramas, Mexican cinema is enjoying a banner year that has brought prestigious prizes and broken box office records. Somber subjects such as drug violence and immigration have inspired art films and won critical acclaim, while audiences have flocked to see comic takes on elitism and single-parenthood in Mexico. While they differ in style, the films are all made by young filmmakers in their 30s and 40s with modest budgets who tell stories rooted in modern-day Mexican life.

Mexican directors want films to look at life beyond drug war

Mexico City, Sep 30 (EFE).- Mexico's new film directors demand that films representing the pluralism of their country be shown on the international circuit and not ones totally focused on tales of drug trafficking and migration. "'Narco' films are hits outside of Mexico for their morbid fascination and because death brings out the dark side of humanity," Mexican filmmaker Alejandro Iglesias told Efe.

L.A. exhibit pays tribute to renowned Mexican cinematographer

Los Angeles, Sep 19 (EFE).- The Los Angeles County Museum of Art gave a press preview of an upcoming exhibition of the work of late Mexican cinematographer Gabriel Figueroa. Co-presented by Mexico's Televisa Foundation, LACMA and the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences and scheduled to open Sunday, "Under the Mexican Sky: Gabriel Figueroa-Art and Film" features nearly 300 objects related to the renowned film artist, including clips, paintings, sketches, posters, documents and photographs organized thematically in several rooms.

Mexican designer Santana unveils creations inspired by Frida Kahlo

New York, Sep 12 (EFE).- Mexican designer Rolando Santana used the runways at New York Fashion Week to create an ode to femininity, unveiling a colorful collection inspired by iconic artist Frida Kahlo. "Frida Kahlo is not just about flowers and braids. She was a strong woman who lived a pretty stormy life, but at the end of the day she was a very feminine woman, very cultured. These are pretty strong pieces that have the essence of who she was, not reproductions of the clothing she wore," Santana said.

Mexican cinema classics restored in HD for U.S. Hispanic market

Miami, Aug 21 (EFE).- U.S.-based media and entertaiment company Olympusat Inc. is working with independent film libraries to restore classic Mexican films and bring them to Spanish-speaking TV audiences in the United States. Olympusat Holdings Inc.'s founder and CEO, Tom Mohler, told Efe the restored films sometimes "are better than when they were screened for the first time" and hailed the "historic significance" of this effort to preserve Mexican culture.

Buñuel home reopens to strengthen cultural ties between Mexico, Spain

Mexico City, Jul 30 (EFE).- The home of filmmaker Luis Buñuel in the Mexican capital is reopening its doors after a second stage of remodeling, which went on from May 2012 to July 2013, with the mission of creating closer cultural ties between Spain and Mexico. On the 30th anniversary of the death of the Spanish-born Mexican director (1900-1983), one of the most influential filmmakers in the second half of the last century, Buñuel was remembered Monday in the house where he once lived by some of his friends along with representatives of the Spanish government.
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