Los Cabos Film Festival Announces its Opening Gala, Demolition, with a Tribute to Jean-Marc Vallée, and Confirms the attendance Liam Neeson, the Spotlight to Alex Ross Perry and the Official Selection Jury Members

Los Cabos International Film Festival is ready to launch its fourth edition, to be held from November 11th to 15th, where it will present 45 films, being 19 of them Mexican Premieres, 11 Latin American Premieres and 4 World Premieres. A few days starting, the Festival confirms the attendance of Liam Neeson, the Tribute to Jean-Marc Vallée, the Opening Gala, Demolition, the Spotlight to Alex Ross Perry, and the Official Selection Jury members, composed of film-industry leaders.

 

Every year, the Festival makes a Tribute to outstanding members of the North American film scene. In this fourth edition, we will honor Quebecois writer and director Jean-Marc Vallée for his exceptional career achievements.

By closely following Vallée’s cinema, and after having presented Dallas Buyers Club (Los Cabos 2013 Closing Gala) and Wild (Los Cabos 2014 Opening Gala) as Latin American premieres, the Festival will host the Latin American Premiere of Demolition as the Opening Gala of this fourth edition. Starring Jake Gyllenhaal, Naomi Watts and Chris Cooper, the film opened, to great critical acclaim, the Toronto International Film Festival. We will also feature two of the Vallée’s cornerstone films, C.R.A.Z.Y. (2005) and Café de Flore (2011), to complete the tribute and retrospective to his work.

“In his last two movies, Dallas Buyers Club and Wild, Vallée had his lead characters go through trials by fire in order to achieve a certain peace with themselves. That’s once again the modus operandi here, although the unorthodox methods of screenwriter Bryan Sipe tackle questions of mourning, surviving and healing from some highly unusual angles.” Jordan Mintzer. The Hollywood Reporter.

The Festival launches a new program: Spotlight, in which we will be able to stress the Festival’s artistic focus and look at North America’s filmmakers, who have a central role in shaping contemporary cinema. This year we will have a retrospective to Alex Ross Perry’s work. In spite of his age, 31-year-old Perry has become known at film festivals such as Sundance, Berlin and Locarno, with all of them having selected at least one of his four feature films: Impolex (2009), The Color Wheel (2011), Listen Up Phillip (Los Cabos 2014 Official Selection) and Queen of Earth, which will have its Latin American Premiere at Los Cabos this year. He will be accompanied by his regular co-worker, Sean Price Williams, one of the key cinematographers in current American independent cinema.

Queen of Earth

“It’s an honor to welcome Alex Ross Perry and Sean Price Williams to Los Cabos International Film Festival and present a retrospective of this filmmaker’s work. We will keep a close eye on his career, whose maturity and profoundness make it worthy of note. We shine the Spotlight on Alex Ross Perry not because of his youth, but in spite of it”. Alonso Aguilar Castillo, Los Cabos Film Festival Director.

 

The final announcement before starting a great edition of Los Cabos Film Festival is the presentation of our Official Selection Jury, composed of film-industry leaders in two different programs: Competencia Los Cabos and México Primero.

The Competencia Los Cabos Jury will select one of the 9 films from Mexico, the US and Canada (Chronic, Desde allá, Les êtres chers, James White, Un monstruo de mil cabezas, Nasty Baby, Room, Sleeping Giant, Tangerine) to be granted the USD 15,000 Competencia Los Cabos Cinemex Award. The Jury members are:

Tom Luddy, co-founder and Artistic Director of the Telluride Film Festival, which is now in its 42nd year. From 1972 to 1980 Luddy was Curator of Film at Berkeley’s Pacific Film Archive. He has served on the competition juries for the Cannes, Berlin and Moscow film festivals, as well as for Morelia, Cartagena, Mexico City, Beirut, and Tehran.

Lucía Puenzo, writer and film director. She has published five novels, which have been translated to over 15 languages. XXY, her first film, won the Critic’s Week Grand Price in Cannes (2007) and a Goya to Best Foreign Film. Her second film, The Fish Child, opened the Panorama section at the Berlinale (2009) and was part of the official selection of Tribeca and La Havana. Her third film, Wakolda (The German Doctor) was part of the Official Selection at Cannes Film Festival (2012).

Scott Foundas, acquisitions and production executive in the feature films division of Amazon Studios. Previously, he served as Chief Film Critic for Variety, in addition to which his writing has appeared in The New York Times, The Village Voice and the LA Weekly, where he was chief critic and film editor from 2003-2009. As a programmer, he served six years on the selection committee of the New York Film Festival, and has been a consultant to the Telluride and Cannes film festivals.

Furthermore, México Primero Jury will choose the best film in a carefully curated selection of the most outstanding Mexican contemporary films. In this program devoted to national cinema, the 6 films (Almacenados, La caridad, Las elegidas, Sabrás que hacer conmigo, Semana Santa, Te Prometo Anarquía) will compete for the USD 15,000 México Primero Cinemex Award. The jury comprises three members:

Karin Hoffinger, head of Berlin Film Festival’s International Relations Department. In this position, she coordinates the Berlinale’s official delegates and scouts around the world. She also serves as one of the festival’s main contact for International film institutes, World sales companies, International producers and other film festivals.

Rajendra Roy, in 2007, joined The Museum of Modern Art as The Celeste Bartos Chief Curator of Film, a role in which he leads the Museum’s year-round initiatives to exhibit and preserve works from its collection of about 27,000 titles. In collaboration with colleagues at MoMA and partner institutions, he has assembled exhibitions such as: Bruce LaBruce (2015), Wim Wenders (2015), The Weimar Touch (2013), The Berlin School: Films from the Berliner Schule (2013), Tim Burton (2011), and Mike Nichols (2009). For the Museum’s imprint, Mr. Roy authored (with Anke Leweke) The Berlin School: Films from the Berliner Schule (2013).

Fernanda Solórzano, film critic. She has been Managing Director of the Viceversa magazine, and co-editor of the Letras Libres magazine. Her film critiques appear in Mexico’s main newspapers and other publications, in the Spanish magazine, Cuadernos Caimán, and in the British Sight & Sound. She is a member of the International Federation of Film Critics (FIPRESCI), and has been a member of juries of various film festivals. Currently, she is in charge of the film chapter of the news program, ‘Atando Cabos’, as well as Letras Libres magazine.

Without further ado, the Festival warmly welcomes you to this celebration of cinema at the 2015 edition of Los Cabos Film Festival.