Hollywood seems to have taken by a storm of Mexican directors who are setting the screens on fire! They have been nominated multiple times in the Oscars and a Mexican filmmaker has won four times in the past five years at the world famous event.
If we look at the movies directed by the Mexican directors, we are surely to be surprised. None of them are conventional movies- take the example of The Shape of Water which was nominated for a staggering 13 Academy Awards! It was one of the most nominated movies of all time, even surpassing other ones like the Titanic.
Taking a New Look at Movies
The director Guillermo del Toro showed how a unconventional plot can be turned to a commercial success winning everyone’s appreciation and a big budget of $19.5 million. The fact remains that Hollywood filmmakers would have turned down such a story where a cleaning woman falls for a humanoid sea creature!
The movie has all elements that were required to make it a success and raise audience’s interest- a supernatural aspect, secret government experiments and love.
The Other Filmmakers of Mexico that Deserve a Mention
Mexico’s Trinity of filmmakers isn’t just restricted to one good director. There are many more we can talk about, who has redefined what cinema means for us all.
Apart from Toro, we also have the legend filmmaker Alejandro G. Iñárritu. We can remember him from 2015 with his unusual movie Birdman which went on to make him win the Oscar for the best director that year. We follow the story of an old superhero fighting with mental illness and the empty notions of fame and success.
It was not the only time Iñárritu proved himself. In 2016 he came out with The Revenant which featured Leonardo de Caprio in one of his best. The western based on revenge and redemption soon became popular all over the world for its storytelling and visual appearance which made the audience a part of the journey.
The third filmmaker from Mexico to make the headlines in 2014 was Alfonso Cuaron. The movie Gravity starring Sandra Bullock and George Clooney turned out to be spectacular visual treat with nail biting suspense. Cuaron takes us on an adventure in deep space which has always been mysterious and attractive to mankind and scientists alike. It tells us to think about life in more ways than we can imagine. And it tells us just what the talent if Mexicos filmmakers are.
The sci-fi drama won a total of seven Oscars along with rewarding Cuaron with the Best Director honor. It also went on to generate $723 million at the global box office.
All three directors have not just made a name in Hollywood, but their fame is spread out all over the world. Del Toro and Iñárritu have been creating long time hits and meaningful movies and remain true to their name till now.
Whose movies are you going to watch first? Make things more exciting this weekend!