A potent combination of faux-documentary and horror-film techniques, Felipe Cazals’s 1976 Canoa: A Shameful Memory reimagines the brutal killings that occurred in 1968 in San Miguel Canoa, where villagers attacked a group of visiting university employees who were alleged to be communist revolutionaries by a despotic local priest. This controversial critique of political hysteria, which won the Silver Bear at the Berlin Film Festival, galvanized a generation of directors with an unflinching candor that was rarely seen in Mexican cinema at the time. In this video, featured on our newly released edition, Guillermo del Toro explains Canoa’s enduring significance, highlighting its meticulously constructed screenplay and taboo-busting depictions of religious orthodoxy.
A Hidden Figure of the Czechoslovak New Wave Takes the Spotlight
In this excerpt from an interview on the edition of Diamonds of the Night, film programmer Irena Kovarova talks about the work of one of director Jan Němec’s key collaborators, Ester Krumbachová.
Robert Zemeckis Looks Back on His Debut-Film Jitters
In a new conversation with collaborators Bob Gale and Steven Spielberg, the director of I Wanna Hold Your Hand talks about the terror of being a first-time feature director.
How Carlos Reygadas Plans for the Unexpected
Storyboards have been an important part of the Mexican filmmaker’s process from the beginning of his career. In this interview, he talks about the freedom that meticulous pre-planning allows him on-set.