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Podcast Episode 112: Alejandro G. Iñárritu And Latin Cinema, So Good It’s Scary

Looking at how a new generation of Latin cinema is defining genre filmmaking

Above: Noé Hernández stars in "We Are the Flesh," one of Un Mundo Extraño's feature films screening at this year's San Diego Latino Film Festival.

Aired 3/17/17

Episode 112: Alejandro G. Iñárritu And Latin Cinema So Good It's Scary

Here's my interview with Alejandro González Iñárritu from 2001, when he screened his debut film, 'Amores Perros,' at the San Diego Latino Film Festival. Festivals are the perfect place to discover new talent, so this podcast looks at Iñárritu and a scary good new generation of filmmakers coming from south of the border.

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Aired 3/23/17 on KPBS News.

Here's my interview with Alejandro González Iñárritu from 2001, when he screened his debut film, 'Amores Perros,' at the San Diego Latino Film Festival. Festivals are the perfect place to discover new talent, so this podcast looks at Iñárritu and a scary good new generation of filmmakers coming from south of the border.

Transcript

This week, the 24th annual San Diego Latino Film Festival kicks off, and that is a perfect excuse to look at Latin cinema — so good it’s scary.

I live in San Diego, a border town, and that influences our film festival in the best possible way by bringing us new and exciting Mexican cinema on a regular basis.

As proof of why you need to go to film festivals and support film festivals, I am going to share an interview I did in 2001 with Alejandro González Iñárritu. I did it because his first feature, "Amores Perros," was playing at our San Diego Latino Film Festival (SDLFF).

The festival also gave us our first glimpse of Guillermo del Toro, Alfonso Cuaron and many more. There is nothing to match the excitement of seeing fresh, bold, new talent that you know will break out. Iñárritu's "Amores Perros" was nominated for a Best Foreign Film Oscar, and he has since won a quartet of Oscars including a most recent one for directing "The Revenant."

For this podcast, I want to look to Latin cinema, especially from Mexico, and consider where it has been and where it is going, and use the film festival as a leaping-off point.

In addition to my interview with Iñárritu, I will also speak with Miguel Rodriguez of Horrible Imaginings Film Festival. He just programmed the Un Mundo Extraño sidebar for the festival that includes "We Are the Flesh," for which Iñárritu helped mentor the director, and finally, I talk with Moises Esparza, SDLFF programmer, about the role of a film festival in turbulent politic times.

The schedule for the Un Mundo Extraño sidebar is here.

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