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The 13th FICM to Present a Mexican Gothic Cinema Program

We are pleased to announce the 13th FICM will present a Mexican Gothic Cinema Program in collaboration with the Cineteca Nacional, the UNAM film archive and Fundación Televisa. The program is comprised of 10 titles that represent the genre, including films from the 1930s to the masterpiece Cronos (1993), the debut work of distinguished Mexican director Guillermo del Toro.


Cronos (1993), by Guillermo del Toro

From its beginning, FICM has worked incessantly to help rescue Mexican cinema classics and exhibit them on the big screen. Consequently, these jewels of national cinema have been shown at the most important forums and festivals around the world, including the UCLA Film & Television Archive, the New York Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), the Locarno International Film Festival and the Berlin International Film Festival (Berlinale).


El vampiro (1957), by Fernando Méndez

In the catalogue of the 13th FICM, Rafael Aviña describes the genre, first literally and then cinematographically, in the following manner: “Enchanted castles, monasteries, suits of armor, weapons, love stories taken to the extreme, witchcraft, ancestral curses, damsels in distress, magical objects, creaks and other unbearable sounds, animals associated with spells, enigmatic characters, brave noblemen, secret passageways, basements, cemeteries, and bloody and romantic atmospheres charged with lust and eroticism – subsequently disrupted in scenes of death, sacrifice, and menace.” These themes have had a constant presence in the cinema of our country and Gothic cinema has been a fertile ground for the development of extraordinary talents such as Juan Bustillo Oro, Fernando Méndez, Carlos Enrique Taboada and Guillermo del Toro, to name a few.


Alucarda, la hija de las tinieblas (1977), by Juan López Moctezuma

The titles that are part of the Mexican Gothic Cinema Program at the 13th FICM are:

1. Drácula (1931), by George Melford
2. Dos monjes (1934), by Juan Bustillo Oro
3. El fantasma del convento (1934), by Fernando de Fuentes
4. El misterio del rostro pálido (1935), by Juan Bustillo Oro
5. El vampiro (1957), by Fernando Méndez
6. Misterios de ultratumba (1959), by Fernando Méndez
7. El esqueleto de la señora Morales (1960), by Rogelio A. González
8. Alucarda, la hija de las tinieblas (1977), by Juan López Moctezuma
9. Veneno para las hadas (1984), by Carlos Enrique Taboada
10. Cronos (1993), by Guillermo del Toro

The program would not have been possible without the invaluable help of the UCLA Film & Television Archive, Alameda Films, América Móvil, Mondo Macabro, Eduardo Moreno Laparade, STPC and IMCINE, and Criterion Collection, as well as the support of Manuel Santillan Durán.

The Mexican Gothic Cinema Program will be accompanied by a photographic exhibit during the 13th FICM, organized together with Fundación Televisa.