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The 25th edition of the Guadalajara International Film Festival feted Colombian helmer Carlos Gaviria’s “Retratos en un mar de Mentiras” and Nicolas Pereda’s “Perpetuum Mobile” with jury grand prizes in the Ibero-American and Mexican fiction feature categories, respectively, during Friday’s festival’s awards announcement.
Speaking at the ceremony, festival director Jorge Sanchez Sosa also announced he will step down after this year’s festival, bringing with him at least some of his core staff. The topper has long described his reign as a five-year plan and is generally credited with having greatly expanded the industrial side of the festival. (more…)
American actor Matt Dillon was the star attraction at the opening of the 25th Guadalajara International Film Festival. Flash bulbs popping as he strode down the red carpet, he said all the right things, even proclaiming his love for the city. But many for cinema industry insiders, his presence was something of a sideshow.
“I’ve no idea why he was here,” Variety film critic Robert Koehler told the Reporter. “I think they just picked a Hollywood star to bring down and give him a prize.”
The star of films such as The Outsiders, Rumble Fish, You, Crash and There’s Something about Mary won the “International Prize” and admitted he wasn’t sure what the award was or why he won it.
The 46-year-old New Rochelle, New York native gave a press conference in which he called Guadalajara “the most Mexican city in the world.” Dillon also admitted last time he was in town he wandered “from cantina to cantina.” (more…)
After what observers of the Mexican film scene describe as a challenging year, a sober-minded attitude appears to be guiding the 25th anniversary of the Guadalajara Intl. Film Festival. The granddaddy of Mexican film fests, offering the calendar’s largest market for Latin American cinema north of Rio and long a showcase for debuting Mexican fiction and nonfiction cinema, can’t be said to be in a party mood, “but we’re feeling extremely pleased with the overall selection,” says director Jorge Sanchez.
Given the recent demise of FICCO, the well-respected Mexico City fest of international films, and the impact of the global economic downturn on local film production, festival organizers express some relief that the multipronged event is showing no signs of slowing down or significantly contracting. (more…)
Fest’s fifth annual Co-Production Meeting continues to grow, with 30 projects — seven of them docs — now in competish. “There’s always a good possibility of discovery with little-known Latin American directors,” says Barcelona-based producer Michel Ruben. “Just look at Argentina’s Natalia Smirnoff, whose first film, ‘Puzzle,’ played in competition at the Berlinale.” Read more: http://www.variety.com/article/VR1118016082.html?categoryid=19&cs=1