The Solothurn Film Festival is using the new coproduction agreement between Switzerland and Mexico as an opportunity to dedicate its special international “Focus” program for the first time to a nation’s cinematography.
A delegation of Mexican producers and representatives of the Mexican funding institutions are invited to participate during the festival and exchange information with their Swiss colleagues on the Focus Day on Tuesday, January 29, 2019. Apart from a presentation of the funding institutions from both countries, individual meetings and case studies are also scheduled.
The “Focus” film program comprises a cross-section of current Mexican cinema which has attracted a great deal of international attention in recent years due to its dynamic force and diversity. Films that will be presented by their producers in Solothurn include, among others, “Bosque de niebla” (Mónica Alvarez Franco, 2017), “La libertad del diablo” (Everardo González, 2017), “La región salvaje” (Amat Escalante, 2016), “Los Adioses” (Natalia Beristáin, 2017), “Nuestro tiempo” (Carlos Reygadas, 2018) and “Oso polar” (Marcelo Tobar, 2017).
Support for the “Focus” program is provided by the Federal Office of Culture, IMCINE, the Mexican Embassy in Switzerland, the Schweizerische Mobiliar Genossenschaft Jubilee Foundation and SüdKulturFonds.
Monica Álvarez Franco | MX 2017 | doc 87'
Saturday, January 26th, 8:00 PM | Cinema Canva Blue
A small community in Veracruz, Mexico, fights to protect and save the rain forest.
Everardo González | MX 2017 | doc 74'
Sunday, January 27th, 5:15 PM | Cinema Canva Club
Victims and perpetrators of the Mexican drug cartel war give an account of their fears.
Amat Escalante | MX/DK/DE/CH/FR/NO 2016 | fic 100'
Tuesday, January 29th, 8:30 PM | Cinema Canva Club
A mysterious creature discovered in a forest cabin is the source of both pleasure and destruction.
Natalia Beristain | MX 2017 | fic 85'
Friday, January 25th, 8:00 PM | Cinema Canva Blue
Mexican author Rosario Castellanos fights to have women’s voices heard in a patriarchal society.
Alonso Ruizpalacios | MX 2018 | fic 128'
Friday, January 25th, 5:15 PM | Cinema Canva Club
Juan and his friend steal and sell Mayan artefacts from the National Museum of Anthropology in Mexico City. A humorous thriller.
Carlos Reygadas | MX/FR/DE/DK/SE 2018 | fic 173'
Sunday, January 27th, 7:30 PM | Cinema Canva Blue
A family that raises fighting bulls attempts to find a balance between modernity and tradition.
Marcelo Tobar | MX 2017 | fic 70'
Saturday, January 26th, 4:45 PM | Cinema Canva Blue
A road movie brings together three childhood friends on their way to attend a class reunion.
Jimena Montemayor Loyo | MX 2017 | fic 93'
Monday, January 28th, 8:30 PM | Cinema Canva Club
A father abandons his family. Mother and children have to overcome their fears in order to survive.
Luciana Kaplan | MX/US/TR 2017 | doc 80'
Tuesday, January 29th, 6:00 PM | Cinema Canva Club
A portrait of three people and their everyday lives in three megacities: Mexico City, Los Angeles and Istanbul.
Tatiana Huezo | MX 2016 | doc 104'
Monday, January 28th, 5:00 PM | Cinema Canva Blue
An emotional journey of two women victimized by corruption and injustice as they travel from north to south Mexico.
Presentation of the Mexican and Swiss Production Systems and the Coproduction Agreement
Tuesday, January 29th, 10:15 AM – 12:15 PM | Cinema Uferbau
With: Diana Martínez, Instituto Mexicano de Cinematografía – IMCINE (MX); Laurent Steiert and Matthias Bürcher, Department of Culture, Section Film BAK/OFC (CH) and additional public funders.
Case Studies: Collaborations Between Mexico and Switzerland
Tuesday, January 29th, 1:30 - 3:00 PM | Cinema Uferbau
«Nuestro tiempo» (2018) by Carlos Reygadas and «La región salvaje» (2016) by Amat Escalante produced by Mantarraya (MX) and Bord Cadre films (CH)
«Silence Radio» (2019) by Juliana Fanjul produced by AKKA Films (CH) and Cactus Film & Video (MX)
Fidelio Films (CH / MX): producing within Mexico.
Moderation: Jasmin Basic (Head of «Focus») and Maja Zimmermann (producer, Motivo Films). Discussions in English.
Followed by individual coproduction meetings
With the Mexican production companies: