Mexico’s peak producers went on TV for fear of various forms of financing2 min read
Mexico’s film industry looks healthy, but the question is how long. In 2019, Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez destroyed funding for the Obrador Festival. There is a fear that as the economy contracts, so does its tax credit, the main source of money for the film sector, says “Romer” maker Nicolas Cellis.
Such fears have seen the re-engineering operations of the country’s top producers: piano, woo films, Canberra’s Pablo Cruz and El Estudio have moved into TV production with many more commercial, OTT platform-friendly slates like Panorama.
While companies are trying to make more regular international co-financing deals, such as Pimienta deportation and first-sight deals with Endeavor content, the piano has expanded to Colombia and Germany, and El Estudio has opened bases in Los Angeles and Madrid.
After all, many are looking to produce with top talent inside and outside Mexico. The piano slate features the Apichatpong Vyarasthakul and Leos Caracas and includes cruise series and films with Pablo Traparo and Paco Plaza.
Meanwhile, due to the sinking of oil prices, the peso of the Mexican peso has fallen 25% against the dollar since February.
“The unparalleled success of Mexican films in the most prestigious festival circuit and international markets proves that our creatives and our crew are among the best in the world. Piano producer-founder Julio Chevzmontis says “Roma” was an exhibition of the technical enthusiasm of the industry and the conditions of unbeatable filming.
Producer Stacey Parsky recently pointed to an impressive list of movies shot in Mexico: the legendary films “Godzilla: King of the Monsters,” Sony “Life for Bad Boys” and “Infinity” and Lionsgate’s “Barb and Star Vista del Mar”. “
“50 or two whales meet on the beach”
Director: Georgie Kuchi
Producer: Catatonia Cinema
Adolescent-themed double award winner at the April Films of Talus.
Director: Lewis Carax
Producer: CG Cinema, Art France Cinema, Detailfilm, Eurospace, Kinology, Piano, Scope Pictures, Tollywood Studio, Tribus P Film, Ring Men North
Original cast: Adam Driver, Marian Cotillard
Carax’s first full-on musical, an L.A.-set romantic rock opera.
“El bile de los 41”
Director: David Pablos
Producers: Netflix, Cinemapolis, El Estudio
Original cast: Alfonso Herrera
1901 A play is set in Mexico City.
Director: Epichatpong Birastakul
Producer: Match Factory,
Kick the Machine, Blue Burning, Illumination Films, Anna Sanders Films, Piano
Starring: Tilda Sweeton, Jenny Bolivar, Daniel Gimnez Kocho
The first English language debut of Virasthakul, shot in Colombia. Distribution: Neon (US); Sales (match factory)
“Noche de Fuego”
Director: Tatiana Huyo
Producer: Pimenta Films, Match Factory Products, Bird Cadre Films, Cactus Film and Video, Desvia Producer, Jack Content
Main cast: Myra Batalla, Norma Pablo, Olivia Lagunas
Life in a war-torn city catches the eye of three girls.