April 12, 2002

Mexican Director Alfonso Cuaron’s Spanish Language Film Y Tu Mamá También Delivers Box Office Success After Expanding to 180 Screens

Mexican director, Alfonso Cuaron’s Spanish language film Y Tu Mamá También which has brought in $2,973,562 thus far and seems to be well on the road to big box office success in the U.S. The critically acclaimed film was first released on March 15, 2002 in New York, Los Angeles and San Diego, Y Tu Mamá También grossed $1,179,362 this past weekend, when the film went into wide release on April 5, 2001.

Bob Berney, Sr. VP Marketing and Distribution for IFC Films has commented, “We are very pleased with the results of Y Tu Mamá También thus far. The Latino audience has supported this film all the way and we are seeing it at the box office especially in Los Angeles, New York, Chicago, Texas and the San Francisco Bay area.”

Y Tu Mamá También is a sexy road-trip movie about best friends Tenock and Julio, two lusty teenage boys who find themselves on an unexpected journey with a gorgeous older woman toward self-discovery and desire. Winner of the “Best Screenplay” Award and the “Best Emerging Actors” Award at the 2001 Venice International Film Festival, Y Tu Mamá También also received critical praise at the recent Toronto International Film Festival and screened earlier this month as part of the New York Film Festival.

Set against the lush backdrop of Alfonso Cuarón’s native Mexico, Y Tu Mamá También stars Diego Luna (Before Night Falls) as Tenoch and Gael Garcia Bernal (who won praiser for his role in the Academy Award-nominated Amores Perros) as Julio. The lives of Tenoch and Julio, like those of seventeen-year old boys everywhere, are ruled by raging hormones, intense friendships and a headlong rush into adulthood. Just days after they trade heartfelt good-byes with their girlfriends who are headed to Italy for summer vacation, their attention is diverted by Luisa (Maribel Verdu), a stunning twenty-eight year old Spaniard who is married to Tenoch’s cousin. Fueled by alcohol and her beauty, the boys awkwardly flirt with Luisa, asking her to join them on a road trip to a remote beach with the romantic name of Boca del Cielo - Heaven’s Mouth- neglecting to mention that they wouldn’t know where to find it, even if it actually did exist! As the saying goes, you never really know someone until you travel with them, and as the unlikely trio hits the road, their destination becomes not so much Boca del Cielo as that seductive and mysterious place where innocence, and sexuality and friendships collide.

Presented in Spanish with English subtitles, Y Tu Mamá También is directed by Alfonso Cuarón, who co-wrote the film with his brother Carlos Cuarón, and is produced by Jorge Vergara. Two-time Academy Award-nominee for “Best Cinematography” (A Little Princess and Sleepy Hollow) Emmanuel Lubezki is the director of photography.

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