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(Trans)national images and cinematic spaces: the cases of Alfonso Cuarón’s 'Y tu mamá también' (2001) and Carlos Reygadas’ 'Japón' (2002)

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This paper explores ways of conceptualising the nation in two Mexican films, 'Y tu mamá también' (Cuarón, 2001) and 'Japón' (Reygadas, 2002). It argues that national images in both films are determined by international cinematic spaces, and explores contrasting images in Alfonso Cuarón’s film, aimed at the commercial end of ‘foreign’ language film, and Carlos Reygadas’ film which established him as a promising auteurist art cinema director. I examine their place within the niche markets of the film industry and consider the ways in which this impacts on the representation of the national and the landscape in the two texts. Key Words Alfonso Cuarón, Carlos Reygadas, Art Cinema, Film Markets, Mexican Cinema
Original languageEnglish
JournalIberoamericana
Volume48
Publication statusPublished - 2012

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