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2010 Festival Archive
Tucson Cine México 2010, held March 4-7, offered viewers a taste of the diversity of contemporary Mexican cinema made by up‐and‐coming filmmakers as well as seasoned directors. The film festival featured narrative and documentary work that successfully toured the international film festival circuit and filmmakers in person.
Cine Mexico 2010 kicked off with an opening night celebration at the Tucson Museum of Art, which featured a film screening of Tropico de Cancer, live music, food and drinks. The 2010 line-up featured 8 films, including 5 feature length and 3 documentaries. All of these award winning films were Arizona premiers, and several had never been seen before in the U.S. Two directors, two guest programmers and a producer were on hand for many of the screenings and audience discussions.
For the first time, thanks to our sponsors, we were able to offer the entire line-up free of charge and all of the films played to full or packed houses. The 2010 line up of award‐winning films included Arrancame la vida, the most expensive Mexican film and biggest box‐office to date, a period piece set around the Revolution of 1910. The screening drew record crowds to the festival and was shown a second time for those turned away earlier. Other films included El General, a documentary about Plutarco Elias Calles, a revolutionary general who became president of Mexico in 1924, with director Natalia Almada in person; Voy a Explotar, a tragicomic film about two wayward youths; Cinco Dias sin Nora, a black comedy set in a Jewish household, with Director Mariana Chenillo; and Tijuaneados Anonimos, a documentary about a group of citizens of Tijuana who share their experiences of the city. Amanda Succar, a representative of Ambulante was with us in Tucson to introduce the documentary films.