If you need any proof of the growing influence of Spanish and Mexican movies on international cinema, then you only need 2019’s Academy Awards. Alfonso Cuaron’s ‘Roma’ was nominated for ten Oscars, and became the first Mexican entry to win the award in the category of Best Foreign Language film.
Hollywood is the greatest film industry in the world because it is the place where anyone from any part of the world can work, without any barriers or inhibitions. Mexican and Spanish filmmakers, actors, actresses and storytellers have become an integral part of this industry and have made great contributions to it. The year before this, the award for Best Picture and Best Director were won by ‘The Shape of Water’ which, again, was served to the world by a Mexican filmmaker. Javier Bardem, Salma Hayek, Benicio del Toro, Penelope Cruz- these are only a handful of artists of Mexican or Spanish descent who have been a part of both blockbuster movies and award-winning films, some of them have won the Best Actor/Actress award, as well.
I could go on and on about why the cinema from the other side of the wall and beyond is such an important player in the film industry. With every passing year, their films are gaining more exposure, as the world is becoming privy to the nuanced films that went unexplored before. Netflix definitely has the biggest contribution to furthering the cause. The streaming service has invested the most in Mexican cinema, and the reason for it is the awards and reputation these films are fetching for it.
In fact, almost half the entries on this list are being produced by Netflix, who recently declared that it is indulging in 50 more projects in Mexican films and TV shows. That’s something grand to look forward to. One of those films is ‘Se Busca Papa’. Details are scarce on this project because it is still in early development stage. But, to add versatility to its Mexican/Spanish content, Netflix has declared that it’ll be a family film which they will co-produce with Corazón films. Another project is ‘Fondeados’ which will be directed by Marcos Bucay, in his directorial debut. And this is just a start! If you too have been captured by the charm of Spanish and Mexican films, then here is the list of upcoming new Spanish film releases coming out in 2019 and 2020. We hope that some of these latest Spanish and Mexican movies are as good some of the recent ones.
9. Rio Grande (TBA)
Immigrants are what keeps the world in movement. People have to leave their homes for all sorts of reason. The most important of them is to go someplace where they can build a better life for themselves and each other. America has the maximum number of immigrants from all over the world. While these people come to the country hoping it will give them their dream, in the process, the country gains more from them. Even so, illegal immigration is a problem which not only America, but every major country in the world suffers from. However, the idea to build a wall to stop this is ridiculous. Mexican filmmakers have chosen to voice their opinion about the whole subject through their art, and it is this pursuit that gave form to the project of ‘Rio Grande’. This film comprises of five short documentaries, each of whom will be contributed by some of the best names in Mexican cinema, including but not limited to Trisha Ziff, Juan Carlos Rulfo and Everardo González. The stories will capture the lives of people who live around the US-Mexico border and are directly, as well as immediately, affected by whatever decision is made about controlling the border situation.