For four of the past five years, the Academy Award for Best Director has been awarded to a Mexican filmmaker—an unprecedented achievement for foreign helmers. Last year it was Guillermo del Toro, who directed The Shape of Water, which also won the Oscar for Best Picture. Before that, the award went to Alejandro González Iñárritu, named Best Director for Birdman (2014) and The Revenant (2015). Both films nabbed Best Picture as well. In 2013 the Best Director Oscar went to Alfonso Cuáron for Gravity. The movie, despite 10 nominations, failed to take home Best Picture. But Cuáron’s first film since Gravity, the semiautobiographical Roma, is one of the front-runners in this year’s Oscar race.
All three of these accomplished directors were born between 1961 and 1964, and they are friends. But they have differing artistic bents. Del Toro (Hellboy, Pan’s Labyrinth, Pacific Rim) specializes in fantasy and horror, while Iñárritu (21 Grams, Babel) favors multipartite narratives, technological challenges, and grand themes. Cuáron (A Little Princess, Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, Children of Men) is a poet and humanist. The distinctive traits of this historic trio can be seen even in their pivotal “breakthrough” works, which we show in January and February. Admission to each film is $12, CMA members $9.
In this breezy, sexy, sometimes rueful coming-of-age classic from the Oscar-winning director of Gravity and Roma, two libidinous teens go on a road trip through Mexico with an older married woman. Adults only!
Three different stories (a teen falls in love with his sister-in-law, a fashion model breaks her leg, and a vagrant moonlights as a professional hitman) come together in a dramatic car crash in this acclaimed anthology film, the feature debut of the two-time Oscar-winning director of Birdman and The Revenant.
This acclaimed art-film/fantasy by the Oscar-winning director of Pan’s Labyrinth and The Shape of Water is a moody ghost story set at a remote, ominous orphanage during the final days of the Spanish Civil War.