Tuesday, January 11, 2005

The New North American Dream Factory: South of the Rio Grande

For all those of us who love movies, we knew something was happening south of California. Robert Rodriguez made a big splash with his Mariachi movies, an even bigger splash with the Spy Kids franchise, and a wacky, messy splatter with Dusk to Dawn, and now looks set to make a lot of noise. But wait, that's not all! There's more...
”Without a doubt, the Mexican movie industry has gained new ground in recent years thanks to the role played by a new generation of actors and directors,” said Ojeda.

A decade ago, the industry was plunged into crisis, due to a lack of funding. The situation became so severe as to lead some critics to announce its ”death” in the mid-1990s.

But the persistent efforts of Mexican filmmakers soon began to pay off with awards at international festivals and growing audiences at home, bringing millions in box office earnings.

Their success attracted the interest of foreign producers, which translated into money for new projects that have served as springboards for a fresh crop of Mexican actors and directors.

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