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Ya no estoy aquí and Fernando Frías de la Parra

Ya no estoy aquí and Fernando Frías de la Parra:
Guillermo del Toro: “The movie has been successful because it portrays a very specific reality that exists — briefly — in a time and a space that are no more. It talks about things that are evanescent, that go away, both in terms of our culture and our identity. It’s a movie about exile. It’s a movie that by being particular has become universal. This movie is all truth. It tells you a story about the disenfranchisement of a young man in a society that changes right before his eyes. It’s rare: a movie, done so early in the career of a young filmmaker, that has the wisdom and the complete control of the medium — that is formally impeccable, but at the same time, very, very free narratively. I think it is one of the most memorable Mexican films in the last couple of decades.”
Alfonso Cuarón: “It’s also a film that doesn’t have a reference in Mexican cinema. It’s a film about identity: the certainty of our identities, the defense of our identities, the challenge of how supported our identities are, how much our identities are based upon an external façade. That’s the reason I think it’s truly universal. The film has played fantastically well in Mexico, as it has played all around the world. In certain countries, it’s been embraced as if it was their own. It’s guiding us through a very ephemeral culture that we are all very unfamiliar with. On one hand, it feels so alien. But the human experience is what makes it so universal.”

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