A Queer Reading of Nuevo Cine Mexicano
Pérez, Oscar A.
Título: A Queer Reading of Nuevo Cine Mexicano

Autor(es): Oscar A. Pérez

Publicación: Film International; issue 70

Idioma: Inglés

Resumen: The label Nuevo Cine Mexicano was used to describe the group of films produced during the 1990s with some support of the state agency IMCINE (Spanish for Mexican Institute of Cinematography), in an effort to capitalize on theattention that many of them received. The term was mainly part of a marketing strategy to attract viewers with the promise of good quality films, as opposed to the largely popular B movies produced by the private sector, predominately under what has come to be known as Cine de ficheras (sexploitation films) and Narco Cinema (low-budget movies where themes of violence, sex and drugs abound). The films under the Nuevo Cine Mexicano label (later also used for productions with no state participation) had very few things in common in terms of technique, format and themes, and perhaps this is one of the reasons why the denomination was met with resistance by film-makers and critics alike. However, it found resonance among the public, and many of the films under this label would become blockbusters and provide the foundation for an economically healthier industry in the twenty-first century.