Art Basel – Que Viva Mexico!

Miami Beach Cinematheque. Nov 30th, 2008. 7:45 p.m.  Miami Beach Cinematheque. Miami FilmQue Viva Mexico! Premiers on Nov 30th, 2008 at 7:45 p.m. at the Miami Beach CInematheque. A blend of the ethnographic, the political, the scenic and the surreal, Qué Viva México! is nothing short of brilliant; a highly stylized (silent with limited subtitles) documentary on the people and volatile social climate of Mexico. It remains superior to the legion of films it strongly influenced: Orson Welles' It's All True, Alejandro Jodorowsky's El Topo and the works of Sergio Leone.

With sequences devoted to the Eden-like land of Tehuantepec, the savage majesty of the bullfight, the struggles of the noble peasant and the hypnotic imagery of the Day of the Dead, Qué Viva México! is a vivid tapestry of Mexican life, which, thanks to Grigory Alexandrov and Nikita Orlov's careful restoration, takes its rightful place alongside Eisenstein's other legendary works. The film is complemented and contrasted with the modern electronic sounds of DJ Maximus 3000. The film will be followed by the closing night reception for the MBC Leo Matiz's Frida Kahlo exhibition, with special guest, Alejandra Matiz, the artist’s daughter.

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