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Poll: The Other Mexican Directors

Alfonso Cuarón, Alejandro G. Iñárritu and Guillermo del Toro, The Three Amigos, have put Mexican cinema in the spotlight, winning five of the last six directing Oscars and making films that sum over 70 nominations since 2006.

But they are far from being the only Mexican directors, and many others have recognition either from critics or box office both in Mexico and abroad.

From these other Mexican directors, whose filmography would you like to explore the most? if you are already familiar with them, who is your favorite?

Poll by Pencho15

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    Arturo Ripstein

    Main accolades: 3 nominations for Cannes Film Festival Palme d'Or. 6 times Ariel Award (Mexican Oscar) winner. 2 times Best Latin America Cinema at Sundance.

    Films include: No One Writes to the Colonel (1999), Divine (1998) and Deep Crimson (1996)

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    Alfonso Arau

    Main accolades: 3 times Ariel Award Winner. 1 Independent Spirit Award win. 1 BAFTA nomination.

    Films include: Like Water for Chocolate (1992), A Walk in the Clouds (1995) and Picking Up the Pieces (2000)

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    Patricia Riggen

    Main accolades: Special Achievment ALMA Award. Cinema for Peace Nominee. 2 Imagen Foundation Awards.

    Films include The 33 (2015), Girl in Progress (2012) and Miracles from Heaven (2016)

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    Amat Escalante

    Main accolades: 2 times Ariel Award Winner. Best diretor at 2013 Cannes Film Festival. 2016 Silver Lion at Venice Film Festival.

    Films include: Heli (2013), The Untamed (2016) and Los bastardos (2008)

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    Luis Mandoki

    Main accolades: 2 times Ariel Award Nominee. Berlin International Film Festival Crystal Bear Winner. Santa Barbara Audience Award Film Festival Winner.

    Films include: Innocent Voices (2004), When a Man Loves a Woman (1994) and Message in a Bottle (1999)

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    Alonso Ruizpalacios

    Main accolades: 4 times Ariel Award Winner. 2 Berlin International Film Festival Awards. New Narrative Directo Award at Tribeca Film Festival.

    Films include: Güeros (2014), Museo (2018) and El último canto del pájaro Cú (2010)

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    Ernesto Contreras

    Main accolades: 3 Sundance Film Festival Awards. 2 times Ariel Award winner. Audience Award at Florida Film Festival.

    Films include: I Dream in Another Language (2017), Blue Eyelids (2007) and The Obscure Spring (2014)

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    Michel Franco

    Main accolades: 2 times winner of Cannes Film Festival Un Certain Regard Award. Best Feature at New Hampshire Film Festival. Special Jury Prize at Chicago International Film Festival.

    Films include: After Lucia (2012), Chronic (2015) and April's Daughter (2017)

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    Carlos Carrera

    Main accolades: Academy Award Nomination for Foreign Language Film. 7 times Ariel Award Winner. Cannes Award and Sundance Winner for Best Short Film.

    Films include: The Crime of Padre Amaro (2002), Backyard (2009) and Ana y Bruno (2017)

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    Jaime Humberto Hermosillo

    Main accolades: 4 times Ariel Award Winner. Guadalajara International Film Festival Audience Award. Goya Award Nominee.

    Films include: La tarea (1991) Esmeralda Comes by Night (1997) and The Passion of Berenice (1976)

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    Jorge Michel Grau

    Main accolades: Cannes Film Festival Golden Camera Nominee. Warsaw Film Festival Nominee. Gérardmer Film Festival Special Jury Prize.

    Films include: We Are What We Are (2010), Barbarous Mexico (2014) and 7:19 (2016)

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    Felipe Cazals

    Main accolades: 8 times Ariel Award Winner. Amiens International Film Festival Special Jury Award. Silver Berlin Bear Winner.

    Films include: Canoa: A Shameful Memory (1976), Los motivos de Luz (1985) and Las vueltas del citrillo (2005)

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    Jorge Fons

    Main accolades: 5 times Ariel Award Winner. 3 times Havana Film Festival Winner. Winner of the Silver Berlin Bear.

    Films include: Midaq Alley (1995), Red Dawn (1989) and The Bricklayers (1976)

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    Fernando Eimbcke

    Main accolades: 2 times Ariel Award Winner. Independent Spirit Award Nominee. NHK Award at Sundance Film Festival.

    Films include: Duck Season (2004), Club Sandwich (2013) and Lake Tahoe (2008)

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    Mario Van Peebles

    Main accolades: 1 Independent Spirit Award nomination. 1 Philadelphia Film Festival Audience Award. 1 Directors Guild of America nomination.

    Films include: Baadasssss! (2003), USS Indianapolis: Men of Courage (2016) and New Jack City (1991)

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    María Novaro

    Main accolades: 2 times Ariel Award Winner. Independent Spirit Award Nominee. Sundance Film Festival Latin American Cinema Award Winner.

    Films include: Leaving No Trace (2000), Danzón (1991) and The Good Herbs (2010)

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    Luis Estrada

    Main accolades: 4 times Ariel Award Winner. Sundance Film Festival Latin America Cinema Award Winner. 2011 Havana Film Festival Grand Coral Award.

    Films include: Herod's Law (1999), El Narco (2010) and The Perfect Dictatorship (2014)

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    José Luis García Agraz

    Main accolades: 2 times Ariel Award Winner. Goya Award Nominee.

    Films include: El misterio del Trinidad (2003), Salón México (1996) and Desiertos mares (1995)

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    Gabriel Retes

    Main accolades: Amiens International Film Festival Winner. Cartagena Film Festival Winner. Lifetime Achievment Award at Guadalajara Film Festival.

    Films include Bienvenido-Welcome (1994), El bulto (1992) and Broken Flag (1979)

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    Carlos Bolado

    Main accolades: 1 time Ariel Award Winner. Los Angeles Latino Film Festival Jury Award. Vancouver International Film Festival Most Popular Film Winner.

    Films include Promises (2001), 3 idiotas (2017) and Bajo California: El límite del tiempo (1998)

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    Alberto Cortés

    Main accolades: 1 Ariel Award Winner. Sundance Film Festival World Cinema Nominee. Special Jury Award at CineCeará Film Festival.

    Films include Heart of Time (2008), City of the Blind (1991) and Tijuana, sonidos del Nortec (2012)

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    Carlos Reygadas

    Main accolades: 4 times Ariel Award Winner. 3 Awards at the Cannes Film Festival. New Director Award at Edinburgh International Film Festival.

    Films include Post Tenebras Lux (2012), Silent Light (2007) and Battle in Heaven (2005)

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    Juan Antonio de la Riva

    Main accolades: 1 Ariel Award Winner. 1 Guadalajara Film Festival Audience Award. 1 Mexican Cinema Journalists Award.

    Films include: Elisa antes del fin del mundo (1997), Wandering Lives (1985) and The Mountain Hawk (2002)

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    Carlos Cuarón

    Main accolades: 1 Oscar nomination for Screenplay. Best Director at Fantasporto Festival. BAFTA nominee for Best Screenplay.

    Films include Sugar Kisses (2013), El Sandwich De Mariana (2014) and Rudo y Cursi (2008)

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    Marisa Sistach

    Main accolades: 1 time Ariel Award Winner. Corazon Award at San Diego Latino Film Festival. UNESCO Special Award at Gramado Film Festival.

    Films include Violet Perfume: No One Is Listening (2001), La línea paterna (1996) and The Comet (1999)

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    Rigoberto Castañeda

    No nominations yet, director of box office hit Mexican Horror movies.

    Films include KM 31: Kilometre 31 (2006), Km 31-2 (2016) and Blackout (2008)

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    Ignacio Ortiz

    Main accolades: 2 times Ariel Award Winner. Trieste Festival of Latin American Cinema Jury Award. Gramado Film Festival Winner.

    Films include Mezcal (2006), La orilla de la tierra (1994) and Bedtime Fairy Tales for Crocodiles (2002)

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    Julián Hernández

    Main accolades: 2 Teddy Awards at Berlin Film Festival. Best First Work at Lima Latin America Film Festival. Best Film at Torino International Gay & Lesbian Film Festival.

    Films include A Thousand Clouds of Peace (2003), Broken Sky (2006) and Raging Sun, Raging Sky (2009)

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    Gerardo Naranjo

    Main accolades: Press Award at Guadalajara Film Festival. Director to Watch Award at Palm Springs Film Festival. Horizon Award at San Sebastian Film Festibal.

    Films include Miss Bala (2011), I'm Gonna Explode (2008) and Drama/Mex (2006)

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    Jorge Ramírez Suárez

    Main accolades: 4 Diosa de Plata Awards. Toulouse Latin America Film Festival Winner. Manuel Barba Award at Huelva Film Festival.

    Films include Rabbit on the Moon (2004), La Gran Promesa (2017) and Buen Día, Ramón (2013)

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    Julio Hernández Cordón

    Main accolades: 2 Miami Film Festival Awards. Special Jury Prize at Torino Film Festival. 2 Awards at Baja International Film Festival.

    Films include I Promise You Anarchy (2015), Gasolina (2008) and Buy Me a Gun (2018)

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    Pitipol Ybarra

    Main accolades: Nominee for the Mexican Cinema Journalist Award.

    Films include A la mala (2015), Pulling Strings (2013) and El cielo en tu mirada (2012)

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    Tatiana Huezo

    Main accolades: 4 times Ariel Award Winner. Sheffield International Documentary Festival Winner. Jerusalem Film Festival Award.

    Films include El lugar más pequeño (2011), Ausencias (2015) and Tempestad (2016)

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    Rodrigo Plá

    Main accolades: 4 times Ariel Award Winner. 2 Berlin International Film Festival Awards. San Francisco International Film Festival Audience Award.

    Films include The Delay (2012), A Monster with a Thousand Heads (2015) and The Zone (2007)

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    Manolo Caro

    Main accolades: Guadalajara and Los Angeles Film Festival Nominee.

    Films include Perfect Strangers (2018), Elvira I Will Give You My Life But I'm Using It (2014) and Tales of an Immoral Couple (2016)


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