A new generation of Mexican directors first began to make an impression on audiences in the early 1990s, beginning with films such as Alfonso Cuarón’s ‘Only with Your Partner’ (1991), Alfonso Arau’s ‘Like Water for Chocolate’ (1992) and Arturo Ripstein’s ‘Deep Crimson’ (1996). But it was the release of Alejandro González Iñárritu's 'Amores Perros' (2000) and Cuarón's ‘Y tu mamá también’ (2001) that cemented the position of Mexican cinema on the world stage.
Since then, Mexican cinema has become increasingly diverse, spanning commercial and arthouse cinema. The former has found Cuarón, Iñárritu and fellow filmmaker Guillermo Del Toro attracting Oscars and box office success in equal measure. At the same time, filmmakers have explored Mexico’s history, landscape and culture to powerful effect. Such is the case with Carlos Reygadas’ (‘Japon’, 'Battle in Heaven’, ‘Silent Light’) stunning ‘Our Time’, Lila Avilés’ powerful debut ‘The Chambermaid’ and another first film, ‘Opus Zero’, a Mexican-set character study starring Willem Dafoe and directed by Daniel Graham. Each is an introspective gem, proving that Mexican cinema is as vital as ever.