The UNAM Film Library returns to movie theaters with cycles dedicated to two great filmmakers and the 25th French Film Tour


After almost two years of the COVID 19 pandemic, the General Directorate of Cinematographic Activities of the National Autonomous University of Mexico, Filmoteca UNAM, once again opens the doors of its theaters to enjoy cinema as it should be seen: on the big screen and with cycles dedicated to two great directors of world cinematography: Luis Buñuel and Hayao Miyazaki, as well as the screening of the 25th French Film Tour.

Cycle: The Mexican Buñuel, 75 years after the start of production in Mexico

Luis Buñuel made 21 of the 32 films that make up his filmography during his exile in our country. At Filmoteca UNAM we celebrate and remember the so-called “Mexican stage” of Buñuel with this cycle that brings together some of his films such as Gran casino (1947), the first of that stage; The great skull (1949); The forgotten (1950), in its restored version; Nazarin (1958); Simon of the desert (1964). It is worth mentioning that the capital that was used for this, his last film shot in Mexico, was rescued and restored by the UNAM Film Library and is located at its main entrance.

The cycle: The Mexican Buñuel, 75 years after the start of production in Mexico is presented at the Chopo Cinematograph from February 23 to March 10 and from March 14 to 17 with free admission until the capacity is reached and with all sanitary measures. The programming and schedules can be consulted at:ñuel

Cycle: Hand in hand with Totoro!

Due to the great success of the recent exhibition of some films directed by Hayao Miyazaki on the esplanade of Casa del Lago UNAM, this cycle is presented, made up of more titles that can be seen in the Carlos Monsiváis room of the University Cultural Center.

Hayao Miyazaki’s filmography consists of approximately a dozen feature films, several music videos, as well as short films. He has also worked as a producer for Studio Ghibli on films by directors such as Hiromasa Yonebayashi or Gorō Miyazaki.

He has received good reviews for his stories where he has managed to highlight strong and independent girls and women as protagonists, as well as the relationship of humanity with nature and technology, becoming compared to important characters in the film industry such as Walt Disney. and Orson Welles.

The cycle: Hand in hand with Totoro is made up of one of Miyazaki’s first productions: Cagliostro’s Castle / Kaze no Tani no Naushika (Japan, 1979) and Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind / Kaze no Tani no Naushika (Japan, 1984). And also for the titles produced by Studio Ghibli, which Miyazaki co-founded with Isao Takahata: The Castle in the Sky / Tenkū no Shiro Rapyuta (Japan, 1986), My Neighbor Totoro / Tonari no Totoro (Japan, 1988) and Kiki : home deliveries / Majo no Takkyūbin (Japan, 1989), among other films. He ends the cycle with The Wind Rises / Kaze Tachinu (Japan, 2013).

This cycle will be presented from February 23 to 27, as well as from March 23 to 27, 30 and 31 and from April 1 to 3 and 6 to 10. The ticket per performance is $40.00 with a 50% discount for the UNAM Community, graduates, incorporated system and INAPAM.

25th French Film Tour

As is already a tradition at the UNAM Film Library, this year it once again welcomes the French Film Tour in its 25th edition, which offers us the most recent French cinema, this time in the Julio Bracho Hall of the University Cultural Center with three titles during february:

On the 23rd and 24th, Fantasies / Les fantasmes (France, 2021) by David Foenkinos and Stéphane Foenkinos. The story of six couples trying to explore the hidden sides of their intimate life. Six questions about access to pleasure. From role-playing to abstinence to exhibitionism, this hilarious film shows us six separate stories with the same question: What is desire?

On the 25th and 26th, Goodbye, idiots / Adieu les cons (France, 2020) by Albert Dupontel. When 43-year-old Suze Trappet learns that she is seriously ill, she sets out to find the child she was forced to abandon when she became pregnant as a teenager. The administrative search for her will introduce him to JB, a man in his fifties in the throes of depression, and Mr. Blin, a blind man with an overwhelming enthusiasm. The three embark on a quest as spectacular as it is impossible.

And on February 27, Delicious / Délicieux (France, 2021) by Gregory Gadebois, Isabelle Carré and Benjamin Lavernhe. The feature film humorously shows the libertarian spirit of the French Revolution from the gastronomic field. The film focuses its attention on the emergence of restaurants as a consequence and manifestation of the ideals conceived during this social and political movement.

The 25th French Cinema Tour is exhibited in the Julio Bracho Hall of the University Cultural Center, the ticket per function is $40.00 with a 50% discount for the UNAM Community, graduates, the incorporated system and INAPAM. Find photos and more information on the green tabs below the text.

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