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  1. 1. get your tickets online at or by calling 0131 623 803046 STRAND PREMIERE STRAND PREMIERE STRAND PREMIERE FOCUS ON MEXICO 600 Miles (600 Millas) A Separate Wind (Viento aparte) All of Me (Llévate mis amores) Gabriel Ripstein/Mexico, USA/2015/85 min Cast: Tim Roth, Kristyan Ferrer, Aurora Herrington-Auerbach THU 18 JUNE 20:20 ODEON FRI 19 JUNE 18:10 ODEON PRICE: £10.00 (£8.00 CONCS) A clever crime film which makes the most of its road movie structure, 600 Miles marks the assured directorial debut of Gabriel Ripstein, son of acclaimed Mexican director Arturo Ripstein. Tim Roth (also one of the film’s executive producers) provides a good deal of edge and personality as Hank Harris, an American federal agent who, whilst tracking arms traffickers, finds himself taken prisoner by a young wannabe criminal (talented newcomer Kristyan Ferrer). Alejandro Gerber Bicecci/Mexico/2014/ 100 min Cast: Mario Balandra, Valentina Buzzurro, Margarita Chavarría, Sebastián Cobos, Desiderio Däxuni SUN 21 JUNE 18:50 FILMHOUSE 2 SUN 28 JUNE 18:15 ODEON PRICE: £10.00 (£8.00 CONCS) A brother and sister’s rite-of-passage road trip across the parched Mexican landscape. When teenagers Omar and Karina’s mother suffers a stroke, they set off across Mexico to visit their grandmother. Their journey exposes them to people and situations they are ill-equipped to deal with, and tensions run high as they contend with a complex, unforgiving adult world. Social divisions, unrest and violence are evidenced in the world around them in a multi-layered, naturalistic tale of the bonds of family and the intricacies of Mexican society. Arturo González Villaseñor/Mexico/2014/ 87 min THU 18 JUNE 18:20 FILMHOUSE 3 TUE 23 JUNE 20:45 FILMHOUSE 2 PRICE: £10.00 (£8.00 CONCS) Every day since 1995, a determined group of women have been using all their resources to feed hundreds of migrants passing through La Patrona, a small village in Central Mexico, onboard ‘The Beast’ - a seemingly never- ending train carrying people’s hopes for a better life. The women’s personal reflections on life lend emotional support to a story filled with passion and generosity. INTRO Mexico has a long tradition as one of the most prolific film production countries in Latin America. In partnership with, and as part of, the Year of Mexico in the UK, EIFF is bringing the very best of Mexican cinema to Edinburgh and the UK. Paying particular attention to some of the most discussed films on the international film festival circuit, this Focus on Mexico presents a unique selection of new feature films, classics and a short film programme, altogether featuring 20 films from a wide range of genres, that we hope will nurture the current debate on Mexican cinema. UK PREMIERE UK PREMIERE DOCUMENTARY UK PREMIERE LA TIRISIA
  2. 2. edinburgh international film festival 2015 | 17-28 June 2015 47 STRAND PREMIERE STRAND PREMIERE The Dance of the Memory (La danza del hipocampo) Eldest Brother (Bankilal) I Stay with You (Me quedo contigo) Bernardo Arellano/Mexico/2014/110 min Cast: Antonio Perez Carbajal, Bertha Olivia Ramirez, Francisco Barreiro, Jose Sefami SAT 20 JUNE 18:10 FILMHOUSE 2 SUN 21 JUNE 12:00 FILMHOUSE 2 PRICE: £10.00 (£8.00 CONCS) A portrait of ageing and survival during economic and social unrest in Mexico. Antonio and Bertha are in their 90s and struggling to survive after government state pensions are suspended. The return of their son (and unknown grandson Paco) brings some hope to their lives, but can they rely on family and friends to keep on going? A dark, tender tale of life and its cycles in times of financial crisis that is now more universal than ever. Gabriela Domínguez Ruvalcaba/Mexico/ 2014/86 min MON 22 JUNE 20:05 FILMHOUSE 3 WED 24 JUNE 18:00 FILMHOUSE 3 PRICE: £10.00 (£8.00 CONCS) If you could choose seven moments to narrate your life, what would they be? In her debut feature, director Gabriela Domínguez Ruvalcaba delves into her family archive to find the memories that best describe her life. She invites us to question the concept of memory as she considers whether her memories are her own, or rather the recollections of others that she has claimed over the years. María Dolores Arias Martínez/Mexico/ 2014/53 min SAT 20 JUNE 16:10 FILMHOUSE 2 SAT 27 JUNE 18:45 FILMHOUSE 3 PRICE: £10.00 (£8.00 CONCS) An observational insight into a world of near- extinction. Manuel Jiménez is Bankilal (eldest brother), one of the most respected members of the Tzotsil community in Chiapas. Serving as the link between his compatriots and the spirits and forces that protect the universe, he provides advice and ensures the traditions of their ancestors are passed on to new generations. A colourful glimpse of a hidden reality where millenary Mayan practices mix with Catholic rituals and beliefs. Screening with: The Wear of Agony (El sudor de la agonía)/Mariano Rentería Garnica/ Mexico/2014/12 min. Artemio Narro/Mexico/2014/99 min Cast: Beatriz Arjona, Ximena Gonzalez- Rubio, Anajose Aldrete, Edwarda Gurrola, Ivan Arana, Jose Maria de Tavira SUN 21 JUNE 21:10 FILMHOUSE 2 MON 22 JUNE 18:05 CINEWORLD 5 PRICE: £10.00 (£8.00 CONCS) A good time takes a dark turn… Invited by her boyfriend Esteban (Diego Luna) to live with him in Mexico City, Natalia (Beatriz Arjona) is disappointed when he remains away for work upon her arrival. Persuaded by her friends Ana and Sofia to join free-spirited Valeria (Ximena Gonzalez- Rubio) for the weekend, Natalia, at first reticent, is eventually surprised at how far she will go to have a ‘good time’. Cleverly reversing gender roles, this brilliantly wicked and violent tale also provocatively addresses notions of power and control. The Beginning of Time (El comienzo del tiempo) UK PREMIERE DOCUMENTARY EUROPEAN PREMIERE DOCUMENTARY UK PREMIERE UK PREMIERE Are you an industry professional, film- maker or film student? Register for your Industry pass today:
  3. 3. get your tickets online at or by calling 0131 623 803048 STRAND PREMIERE STRAND PREMIERE STRAND PREMIERE The Obscure Spring (Las oscuras primaveras) María Candelaria (Xochimilco) Poison for the Fairies (Veneno para las hadas) Emilio Fernández/Mexico/1944/102 min Cast: Dolores del Rio, Pedro Armendáriz, Alberto Galán, Margarita Cortés, Miguel Inclán SAT 20 JUNE 14:05 FILMHOUSE 2 PRICE: £7.00 (£5.00 CONCS) A magnificent and enthralling melodrama. One of the first Mexican films to be screened at the Cannes Film Festival (where it won a Grand Prix), this is one of the best films from legendary director (and actor) Emilio Fernández, starring Dolores del Rio as a young indigenous woman who faces intolerance from her own people for being the daughter of a prostitute. A magnificent melodrama set against the backdrop of pre- revolution Mexico, it is one of the country’s most beloved films. Print courtesy of Cineteca Nacional de México Roberto Gavaldón/Mexico/1960/91 min Cast: Ignacio López Tarso, Pina Pellicer, Enrique Lucero, Mario Alberto Rodríguez, José Gálvez, José Luis Jiménez SUN 21 JUNE 14:30 FILMHOUSE 2 PRICE: £7.00 (£5.00 CONCS) An acclaimed supernatural drama. The first Mexican film to be nominated for the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film, Roberto Gavaldón’s enthralling film is based on B Traven’s novel, The Third Guest (itself based on the Brothers Grimm story Godfather Death). A poor indigenous woodcutter named Macario (Ignacio López Tarso) is befriended by ‘Death’, and given miraculous water that will heal any disease. But his newfound powers attract the attention of the Inquisition... Print courtesy of Filmoteca de la UNAM, México Ernesto Contreras/Mexico/2014/100 min Cast: José María Yazpik, Cecilia Suárez, Irene Azuela y Hayden Meyenberg, with the special participation of Margarita Sanz SAT 20 JUNE 20:45 FILMHOUSE 2 SUN 28 JUNE 20:40 ODEON PRICE: £7.00 (£5.00 CONCS) A sexually-charged, grown-up study of infidelity, discontent and regeneration. Unhappily married Igor and struggling single mother Pina work together at a photocopier factory in Mexico. Their sudden, raw lust for one another serves as a catalyst for upheaval in their relatively mundane, unfulfilled lives, leading to a shocking dénouement. This is elegant, powerful cinema, offering a bleak and brutally honest portrayal of the complexities of human relationships, and the often destructive power of sexual attraction. (Contains explicit content.) Carlos Enrique Taboada/Mexico/1984/90 min Cast: Ana Patricia Rojo, Elsa María Gutiérrez, Leonor Llausás, Carmen Stein, Anna Silvetti FRI 19 JUNE 20:45 FILMHOUSE 2 PRICE: £7.00 (£5.00 CONCS) When Flavia and her wealthy family move to a new city, she meets odd schoolgirl, Verónica - who confesses to Flavia that she is a witch. The two girls become friends, but Verónica’s negative influence on Flavia soon manifests itself when they go on a family trip together. This final feature film from award-winning Mexican horror master Carlos Enrique Taboada (Blacker Than the Night, 1975) is an unusual gothic tale of witchcraft, told from a child’s point of view. Print courtesy of Mexican Film Institute (IMCINE) CLASSIC UK PREMIERE CLASSIC CLASSIC Macario Bulk buy tickets and save up to 35% - visit or see p3
  4. 4. edinburgh international film festival 2015 | 17-28 June 2015 49 Santa Sangre FOCUS ON MEXICO STRAND PREMIERE Shorts: Mirroring Mexico Alejandro Jodorowsky/Mexico, Italy/1989/123 min Cast: Axel Jodorowsky, Blanca Guerra, Adan Jodorowsky, Guy Stockwell SAT 27 JUNE 23:10 FILMHOUSE 2 PRICE: £7.00 (£5.00 CONCS) Sixteen years after scaling the psychedelic heights of cult classic The Holy Mountain, “El Topo” himself, maverick, and visionary Chilean director Alejandro Jodorowsky, returned to the ring with this spectacular and surreal Mexican fantasy about a family of travelling circus performers. Rife with symbolism, and starring his son Axel as Fenix, a young boy traumatised after witnessing a deadly exchange between his mother and father, this remains one of the most hallucinogenic and exciting cinematic trips you will ever take. 98 min SUN 28 JUNE 16:00 CINEWORLD PRICE: £10.00 (£8.00 CONCS) An electrifying collection of shorts that represent the exciting thematic range and ambition inherent in contemporary Mexican filmmaking. Fearlessly fixing the camera upon themes and issues central to the experience of what it means to be a participant in Mexican society today, Mirroring Mexico juxtaposes satirical and factual responses to the global financial crisis, approaches questions of cultural acceptance of queer identity, vividly evokes the trials of teenage years and humorously interrogates the cultural preoccupation with the rituals surrounding death. CIPRIANA La Tirisia Jorge Pérez Solano/Mexico/2014/111 min Cast: Gustavo Sánchez Parra, Adriana Paz, Noé Hernández, Alfredo Herrera, Gabriela Cartol, Mercedes Hernández SUN 21 JUNE 16:25 FILMHOUSE 2 SUN 28 JUNE 13:40 FILMHOUSE 3 PRICE: £10.00 (£8.00 CONCS) “The ‘Tirisia’ is the death of spirit, it is life detained, it is one step from dying...” In an isolated village in Oaxaca, two women pregnant by the same man (Gustavo Sánchez Parra - Amores Perros) now face incomprehension and rejection by their families and neighbours. In a surreal place dominated by a deserted landscape of poetic giant cacti, the ‘Tirisia’ (‘perpetual sadness’) takes control of people’s souls, leading to complex consequences. Striking cinematography imbues this well-acted and atmospheric drama with a strong and memorable aesthetic.   UK PREMIERE CLASSIC