Cannes, these are 8 Mexican films that have triumphed at the most important festival in the industry


The Cannes Film Festival is here and, like every edition, we hope that Mexican films will triumph.

This time we want to remember films that have won some of the awards from this “party”, one of the most beloved in cinema.

If you have not seen one or more of them, here we also tell you where to find them.

These films have been ‘crowned’ at Cannes

1. «María Candelaria»

This film directed by Emilio “El Indio” Fernández was awarded the Grand Prix and the Award for Best Photography (by Gabriel Figueroa) in 1946.

It is the story of a young indigenous woman who sells fruits and flowers in the canals of Xochimilco. However, she is rejected because her mother was a prostitute. But that does not prevent Lorenzo Rafael from approaching her, professing a deep love for her.

It is starred by Dolores del Río and Pedro Armendáriz.

  • You can see it on Blim, DVD or on YouTube.

2. “El ángel exterminador”

This is one of the masterpieces of the Spanish director, naturalized Mexican, Luis Buñuel. The film received the International Critics Award in 1962.

In this film, we can see the dinner of various people from the Mexican “high society”: doctors, businessmen, people of power.

However, the service personnel begin to withdraw and, mysteriously, the guests cannot leave the house, so they will have to “fight” to stay alive and well.

  • You can find it on DVD, Filmin Latino or on YouTube.

3. “Babel”

It is one of the most famous Mexican films by Alejandro González Iñárritu, so much so that it won two awards at Cannes: Best Director and the Vulcain for Technical-Artist, in 2006.

«According to the Bible, Babel was a famous tower built by a united humanity to reach paradise. This company aroused the wrath of God, who by separating them, made each of those involved speak a different language, thus ending the project and spreading a disoriented and unable to communicate people on Earth, ”the festival indicates on its website. .

Brad Pitt , Adriana Barraza, Cate Blanchett and Gael García participate in this film .

  • You can find it for rent on Google Play and YouTube. It is also found on Amazon Prime Video.

4. “Amores Perros”

Another González Iñárritu film that triumphed at Cannes was “Amores Perros”; it won the Critics Award in 2000. It is one of the most recognized films in Mexico today.

In this production, there are three stories, where desire, love, and death predominate in each of them.

Three of the characters in the plot “share a love doomed to failure, and also prohibited by nature, either for ethical or moral reasons,” according to Tomatazos.

  • You can find it on Blim and DVD.

5. “Después de Lucía”

Bullying is one of the most important issues today and Michel Franco captured it in this film, which won the A certain regard award in 2012.

In the plot, we see Alejandra, a 15-year-old girl who suffers physical, psychological, and sexual abuse after a video with explicit sexual content was released in which she appears.

The film, starring Tessa Ia, leaves viewers with a deep reflection on bullying.

  • You can watch it on DVD.

6. «Heli»

It is a Mexican film directed by Amat Escalante, which won the award for Best Director in 2013.

“In Mexico, Estela’s family, a 12-year-old girl, is caught in a spiral of violence when she falls in love with a young policeman involved in a drug diversion,” according to the Cannes Film Festival.

Andrea Vergara, Juan Pablo Palacios, Linda González and Armando Espitia participate in it.

  • You can find it on DVD and on Amazon Prime Video (it depends on the country you reside in. It is not available in Mexico).

7. “Luz silenciosa”

Directed by Carlos Reygadas, it won the 2007 Jury Prize at the Cannes Film Festival.

It is the story of a Mennonite community in Chihuahua. The conflict begins when the family leader falls in love with another woman who is not his wife.

After two years, Johan must make a decision: separate from Esther or continue his love affair with Marianne.

  • You can find it on Filmin Latino, Mubi and YouTube.

8. “El violín”

This is one of the Mexican films that won the A certain regard award at Cannes in 2006.

It was directed by Francisco Vargas, who shows the conflict between art and violence in Mexico.

«There are three commitments: Live music to be free. Impose force of arms on human will. Risking everything for everyone to achieve a righteous life, “says the festival.

  • You can see it on YouTube.

With information from Coolture

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