Mexican submissions for the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film

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1.
Torero (1956 Documentary)
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The life of the famed Mexican bullfighter Luis Procuna, from his boyhood through his training and the... (75 mins.)
Director: Carlos Velo
 
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Nazarin (1959)
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A priest in a poor community lives a charitable life in accordance with his religious principles, but many others do not return the favor. (94 mins.)
Director: Luis Buñuel
 
3.
Macario (1960)
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Poor, hungry peasant Macario longs for just one good meal on the Day of the Dead. After his wife cooks a turkey for him... (91 mins.)
 
4.
Ánimas Trujano (El hombre importante) (1961)
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Animas Trujano is a colorful but irresponsible Indian in a small Mexican village. He hopes above all... (104 mins.)
 
5.
Tlayucan (1962)
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A man becomes a thief out of desperation. If his identity becomes known, his neighbors might lynch him. The only friendly face in town is the local priest. (105 mins.)
Director: Luis Alcoriza
 
6.
The Paper Man (1963)
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A deaf and mute vagabond finds a large denomination bill in a Mexico City dump, and while he tries to buy something with it... (110 mins.)
 
7.
Always Further On (1965)
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A worker of the Mexican Indigenist Institute tries to help the Tarahumara Indians to protect and keep their lands, but he must face corrupt landowners and politicians. (105 mins.)
Director: Luis Alcoriza
 
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The Adolescents (1967)
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(100 mins.)
Director: Abel Salazar
 
10.
El Topo (1970)
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A mysterious black-clad gunfighter wanders a mystical Western landscape encountering multiple bizarre characters. (125 mins.)
 
11.
Reed, México insurgente (1973)
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A dramatization of John Reed's newspaper accounts of the Mexican Revolution. Considered the first real film in Mexican cinema to be made on the Mexican Revolution. (124 mins.)
Director: Paul Leduc
 
12.
Inspector Calzonzin (1974)
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A humble peasant is mistaken by a federal government inspector in a small town. (90 mins.)
Director: Alfonso Arau
 
13.
Letters from Marusia (1975)
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It is 1925 and working conditions in Chile are abysmal. The miners of Marusia go on strike, but the mine owners and the Government use the Chilean Army crush them. (110 mins.)
Director: Miguel Littin
 
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Pafnucio Santo (1977)
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The controversial, sexy, surreal story of a messenger and his journey and encounters with many historical events and people like Auschwitz... (100 mins.)
Director: Rafael Corkidi
 
16.
Hell Without Limits (1978)
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Family honor, greed, machismo, homophobia, and the dreams of whores collide in a Mexican town. Rich... (110 mins.)
Director: Arturo Ripstein
 
17.
Mojado Power (1981)
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(108 mins.)
Director: Alfonso Arau
 
18.
Eréndira (1983)
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While Erendira, a beautiful teenage girl, has a surreal mystical vision, her grandmother's house catches on fire and burns to the ground... (103 mins.)
Director: Ruy Guerra
 
19.
Frida Still Life (1983)
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The most prominent female painter of Latin America, Frida Kahlo, is agonizing in her Coyoacán home. She evokes memories of her childhood... (108 mins.)
 
20.
El imperio de la fortuna (1986)
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A very poor and handicaped man, lives in a small town in Mexico with his mother. He works announcing things along the town ("The priest lost his cow... (130 mins.)
Director: Arturo Ripstein
 
21.
Lo que importa es vivir (1987)
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(113 mins.)
Director: Luis Alcoriza
 
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El último túnel (1987)
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(110 mins.)
 
23.
Cabeza de Vaca (1991)
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A handful of survivors from a disastrous 1528 Spanish expedition to Florida journey across the coast until they reach Mexico. (112 mins.)
 
24.
La tarea (1991)
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Virginia is taking a class at film school, and has decided on her solo project for the class. She will secretly film herself and her ex-husband Marcelo with a candid camera while they make love. (85 mins.)
 
25.
Like Water for Chocolate (1992)
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After tradition complicates their relationship, A young man must marry the sister of the woman he loves in order to remain close to her. (105 mins.)
Director: Alfonso Arau
 
26.
Cronos (1993)
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A mysterious device designed to provide its owner with eternal life resurfaces after four hundred years, leaving a trail of destruction in its path. (94 mins.)
 
27.
Principio y fin (1993)
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The film tells the story of the Boteros, a middle-class Mexican family struggling against poverty after their father's death... (188 mins.)
Director: Arturo Ripstein
 
28.
Midaq Alley (1995)
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Based on the Nobel Prize Winner's novel, the Egyptian Naguib Mahfouz. The story, translated from El Cairo to Mexico City's downtown... (140 mins.)
Director: Jorge Fons
 
29.
Entre Pancho Villa y una mujer desnuda (1996)
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Gina (Diana Bracho) is a modern business woman in her late forties, she has a lover named Adrian, who... (87 mins.)
 
30.
Deep Crimson (1996)
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The life of a man who preys on unsuspecting women for a living is changed when he finds an accomplice in the woman who loves and controls him. (110 mins.)
Director: Arturo Ripstein
 
31.
Un embrujo (1998)
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Set in Mexico during the 30's, a young boy falls in love with his elementary school teacher. (130 mins.)
Director: Carlos Carrera
 
32.
No One Writes to the Colonel (1999)
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Every Friday, the Colonel puts on his only suit and goes to the dock to await a letter announcing the arrival of his pension... (118 mins.)
Director: Arturo Ripstein
 
33.
Amores Perros (2000)
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A horrific car accident connects three stories, each involving characters dealing with loss, regret, and life's harsh realities, all in the name of love. (154 mins.)
 
34.
Violet Perfume: No One Is Listening (2001)
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A poignant and moving urban drama, focusing on the growing problem of sexual assault in Mexico City... (90 mins.)
Director: Maryse Sistach
 
35.
The Crime of Father Amaro (2002)
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Politics and sexual passions threaten to corrupt a young, newly-ordained priest in a small Mexican town. (118 mins.)
Director: Carlos Carrera
 
36.
Aro Tolbukhin in the Mind of a Killer (2002)
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Aro Tolbukhin is a hungarian inmigrant that sets fire to seven people in an infirmary in a Mission in Guatemala, the movie traces back to see what made him do it, from his arrival in Guatemala to his childhood in Hungary. (95 mins.)
 
37.
Innocent Voices (2004)
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A young boy, in an effort to have a normal childhood in 1980's El Salvador, is caught up in a dramatic fight for his life as he desperately tries to avoid the war which is raging all around him. (120 mins.)
Director: Luis Mandoki
 
38.
Al otro lado (2004)
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Three separate stories of children from different places seeking to find their missing fathers. (90 mins.)
Director: Gustavo Loza
 
39.
Pan's Labyrinth (2006)
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In the falangist Spain of 1944, the bookish young stepdaughter of a sadistic army officer escapes into an eerie but captivating fantasy world. (118 mins.)
 
40.
Silent Light (2007)
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In a Mennonite community in Mexico, a father's faith is tested when he falls in love with a new woman. (145 mins.)
Director: Carlos Reygadas
 
41.
Tear This Heart Out (2008)
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Set in 1930's in Puebla, Mexico, a young woman finds herself in an arranged marriage to a prominent politician (Andres Ascencio). As his career progresses, she finds it more difficult to remain a loyal, loving wife. (107 mins.)
Director: Roberto Sneider
 
42.
Backyard (2009)
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The true story of the border town of Juarez, Mexico where since the mid-1990s thousands of women have gone missing or turned up as sun-burnt corpses in the desert. Can new police captain Blanca Bravo stop the savagery? (122 mins.)
Director: Carlos Carrera
 
43.
Biutiful (2010)
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This is the story of Uxbal, a man living in this world, but able to see his death, which guides his every move. (148 mins.)