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Diego Luna on Los Angeles Vs. Mexico and politics in Mexican filmmaking



Diego Luna is one of three partners in Canana Films, along with producer Pablo Cruz, seen here. and Gael Garcia Bernal. Their intentions are to make movies that reflect contemporary Mexico, and in the first of two clips from a masterclass at the just-ended 48th Thessaloniki International Film Festival in the north of Greece, Luna describes the amusing differences between taking meetings in Los Angeles and being a director-producer in the country where he was born.




Here, Luna describes the origins of the political bent of their enterprise. (The name of their company refers to the part of a revolutionary’s bandolier that holds bullets, he told me later.) “I am a very optimistic man,” he says in the clip, “and I do believe I live in an important time in my country. I remember when I was, in ’88, there was an election in Mexico, that we all knew was a fraud. And we all knew it was stolen. And nothing happened. Y’know? We stayed six years with that president. And we called him ‘President.’ That was something that really got me aware and awoke me to the necessity of doing something. I do believe my generation has got that in mind.” [More in the video.]

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