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In Mexican cinema, a single kiss, or an act of oral sex, can express a vast social gulf. The Mexicans are penetrating Hollywood with an aesthetic of class division

By Mark Cousins   121

At the Oscars this year, it seemed a dead cert that the best cinematography award would go to one of two Mexicans. Emmanuel Lubezki’s photography in Terrence Malick’s The New World was astonishing, and Mexico City-born Rodrigo Prieto shot this year’s hottest film, Brokeback Mountain. When neither won, you could feel the disappointment from Baja to Veracruz.

I am in Mexico City as a guest programmer at the city’s international contemporary film festival (FICCO), and it has been fascinating to see the complex manner in which the country relates to its cinema. In recent years there has been much to…

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