Eugenio Polgovsky Ezcurra is a filmmaker and visual artist. He works as director, cinematographer, editor, sound designer and producer of his films. Polgovsky is known for the Mexican documentaries “Tropic of Cancer” ( Semaine de la Critique 2005) and Los Herederos “The Inheritors” (Mostra of Venice, Orrizontti 2008 & Berlinale Generation 2009). He is the first filmmaker in the history of Trinity College, Cambridge, to be elected as a Fellow Commoner in Arts. Polgovsky is founder of Tecolote Films in Mexico City (2004). He has received 4 “Ariel”, Mexican Academy Awards and more than 20 International awards for his films, including the Joris Ivens Award in Cinema Du Réel, París 2005. He has become a visionary, innovative and independent documentarist, and he brings an experimental spirit and a poetic eye to the medium of cinematography and has worked closely and in a prolonged way with the communities whose stories and conditions he has sought to explore. His personal cinematography enchained with a meticulous and original editing explore the backgrounds of the Mexican reality, from the rural ancient world to the present of the mega city of Mexico. The MoMa of NY presented his film “Tropic of Cancer” as part of a selection of the region’s most innovative contemporary films. In 2004, he filmed “Tropic of Cancer”, a naturalistic portrait of the struggle for survival of the families in the desert of San Luis Potosí, Mexico, which won numerous awards worldwide (Joris Ivens, 27 Cinéma du Réel, “Ariel”, IFF Rotterdam, presented in la Semaine de la Critique, Cannes, Sundance, etc…). In 2007, he founded Tecolote Films, a Mexican independent production company focused on documentary, and with the support of the Hubert Bals Fund and Visions Sud Est, produced “The Inheritors” documentary filmed in 8 rural regions of Mexico during three years, on the life and condition of the peasant childhood, its premiere was in the Mostra of Venice 08 and presented at Berlinale 09 (as first documentary invited on the history of Generation section) Winner of the Coral Award of the Havana Film Festival. In 2012 he directed “Mitote” (Mexican Ritual) a self-produced independent film, edited, and photographed by Polgovsky during the struggle of a Union of electricians colliding with the FIFA World Cup fans and Bicentennial celebrations at the heart of Mexico City, the Zocalo.
In 2014 he won his 4th “Ariel” Mexican Academy Award for the best Short Documentary Film “Un Salto de Vida” (A leap of life) about the dramatic pollution of the Santiago river in Jalisco and a family that fight against corruption and impunity of the factories. Polgovsky has been recognized with over 30 awards in his different skills, editing, photography, etc… In 2010 was invited to the Flaherty Seminar in Colgate US to present his filmography and attended a presentation of his films in Cambridge UK.