Nicolás Pereda Selects: Recent Films from Mexico

March 20–May 2, 2024

Impressed with the wealth of great Mexican movies in the last decade, we asked filmmaker Nicolás Pereda to select some of his favorites, along with a program of his own short films, to screen at BAMPFA this spring.

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  • The Echo

  • Prayers for the Stolen

  • The Palace

  • Everything Else

  • Tótem

  • Upcoming
  • Past
  • Past

Past Films

  • Tragic Jungle

    • Thursday, May 2 7 PM
    Yulene Olaizola
    Mexico, France, Colombia, 2021

    A young Belizean woman is both prize and doom, prisoner and possible demon, for a group of Indigenous laborers in this mystic, minimalist tale of colonialism, greed, and desire, set in the 1920s, deep in the Mayan jungles. “Lushly made, highly enigmatic” (Hollywood Reporter).

  • Dos Estaciones

    • Thursday, April 18 7 PM
    Juan Pablo González
    Mexico, 2022

    A strong-willed businesswoman fights to keep her tequila factory—and her community—afloat in the face of foreign buyouts and natural disasters in this intense drama, set in the Jalisco hinterlands. “Visually arresting, a vivid, textured, altogether unexpected world” (New York Times).

    Introduced by Nicolás Pereda

  • Everything Else

    • Friday, April 12 7 PM
    Natalia Almada
    Mexico, United States, 2016

    Academy Award–nominated actress Adriana Barraza stars as a solitary Mexico City bureaucrat whose daily routines are tracked with Jeanne Dielman–like focus in this austere tale of isolation and grief. “Almada has a documentarian’s eye for how truth reveals itself in seemingly nondescript details” (48 Hills).

    Natalia Almada and Nicolás Pereda in Conversation

  • Short Films by Nicolás Pereda

    • Saturday, April 6 7 PM

    One of the most distinctive voices in contemporary cinema, Nicolás Pereda presents four short films at the permeable border of documentary and fiction that explore the everyday through thoughtful, elliptical narratives.

    Nicolás Pereda in Person

  • Tótem

    • Saturday, March 30 7 PM
    Lila Avilés
    Mexico, Denmark, France, 2023

    A family’s preparation for a birthday party slowly dissolves into something far more revealing in Lila Avilés’s Berlinale prizewinner, seen through the eyes of a young girl. “An exquisite Mexican family drama of joy and heartbreak . . . a minutely observed ensemble piece” (Guardian).

  • Prayers for the Stolen

    • Friday, March 22 7 PM
    Tatiana Huezo
    Mexico, Germany, Brazil, 2021

    Three young girls come of age in a remote Mexican highland village scarred by cartel violence in this powerful drama, Mexico’s official Oscar submission in 2021. “A masterfully evocative portrait of coming of age in the shadow of Mexico’s narco wars” (Little White Lies).

    Tatiana Huezo in Person

  • The Echo

    • Wednesday, March 20 7 PM
    Tatiana Huezo
    Mexico, Germany, 2023

    The cycles of life, seasons, and harvesting anchor this luminous look at multigenerational family life in a remote Puebla community. “An intimate, immersive portrait of a way of life” (Hollywood Reporter).

    Tatiana Huezo and Nicolás Pereda in Conversation