Los Cabos Film Festival confirms national celebrities and announces the films on the new sections: Tastes, American Specials and Outdoor Screenings

For the fourth year running, Los Cabos International Film Festival is setting out to break new ground with both its films and its Industry activities, by presenting an inclusive film program, a useful industry program and a special section devoted to TV series.

The program curated by the Festival’s team –which comprises 45 films to be presented from the 11th to the 15th of November at Cinemex Puerto Paraíso and the Pabellón Cultural de la República– gathers the most outstanding features from the world’s most important film festivals such as Cannes, Sundance, Venice, Telluride, Berlin, Toronto, just to name a few, thus presenting to the Los Cabos’ community a cinema that is able of attract audiences. Our Film Program includes 4 World Premieres, 11 Latin American Premieres and 19 Mexican Premieres.

The Festival proudly confirms the Mexican talent that will take part in gala events and Industry activities, among them: Eugenio Derbez, José María Yazpik, Manolo Caro, Tenoch Huerta, José Carlos Ruíz, Sebastián Aguirre, Sophie Alexander-Katz, José María Torre, Sofía Espinosa, Ianis Guerrero, Rosa María Bianchi, Jaime Garza, Adriana Paz, and many others.

Los Cabos in particular and “the Baja” area in general are outstanding centers of Mexican and world gastronomy, that is why the Festival is proud to announce Tastes, a new section in our film program that enables us to forge communicative links with fields where other pleasures, such as the culinary ones, are offered.

Tastes program includes outstanding films from the international circuit of culinary cinema, including Cooking Up a Tribute by Luis González and Andrea Gómez (Mexican Premiere), about El Celler de Can Roca, the world’s best restaurant, which decided to shut down temporarily to go on the road and tour America; Sergio Herman: F***ing Perfect by Willemiek Kluijfhout (Latin American Premiere), which portrays one of the 50 best chefs in the world, who is a perfectionist obsessed with culinary excellence; and Baja Tastes by Roberto Najera (World Premiere), a first work made in Tijuana that introduces us to the culinary delights, variety and fusion of the Baja California peninsula.

Cooking Up a Tribute – With it becoming commonplace these days to think of famous chefs as rock stars and hip, just-opened eateries as indie bands, perhaps it’s inevitable that more and more restaurateurs will decide to take their meals on tour.” John DeFore. The Hollywood Reporter.

Sergio Herman: F***ing Perfect – The title says it all: Michelin 3-star chef Sergio Herman is Fucking Perfect, or at least he tries to be… running a first class restaurant is no walk in the park, especially when it’s a gastronomic powerhouse ranked among the top 50 in the world.” Jordan Mintzer

 

Chef Miguel Ángel Guerrero – Baja Taste

Presented by the Mexico Tourism Board, the Festival will offer an exclusive dinner at Pitahayas Restaurant to support and celebrate the Gabriel Figueroa Film Fund. This will be a culinary experience composed of dishes alluding to the awarded films in this year film fund. Two renowned chefs will take part in this celebration: Chef “El Voker”, winner of The Five Star Diamond Award for 15 years in a row, and Chef Miguel Ángel Guerrero, who appeared in the film Baja Taste and created the BajaMed cuisine, his contribution to the gastronomic history of Baja California.

If you are willing to attend the dinner, you may contribute by donating a MXN 2,000 fee, either through the Festival’s link or in person at Café Cabo (Plaza Copán Cabo San Lucas), Don Sánchez and Retro Burger at San José. All donations received will go to grants for Mexican filmmakers via the Gabriel Figueroa Film Fund.

This year, the Outdoor Screenings will be presented by Discovery Channel at Plaza Mijares in San José del Cabo, where three films from two different sections of the program will be screened: Ice and the Sky and Racing Extinction, from Green, and Baja Taste, from Tastes.

 

The Festival also announces its B-Side program, where we will have the most outstanding films in which music is a delight for both the ear and the eye. The tuneful world of Arcade Fire in Reflektor Tapes come together with the hip-hop rhythms created by Pharrell Williams for Dope, along with Office, by the Hongkongese director, Johnnie To, who breathes fresh air to this program by bringing a beautiful, nimble, musical cinema.

Dope (Mexican Premiere)

Dir. Rick Famuyiwa (The Wood, Brown Sugar, Talk to Me)

Cast: Shameik Moore, Tony Revolori, Kiersey Clemons

Soundtrack by Pharrell Williams

Premiered at Sundance.

Arcade Fire: The Reflektor Tapes

Dir. Kahlil Joseph

Cast: Win Butler, Régine Chassagne, Arcade Fire

Office (Latin American Premiere)

Dir. Johnnie To

Cast: Chow Yun Fat, Wang Ziyi, Lang Yueting

Premiered at TIFF

 

Dope is a smart, fun, film that exploits and explodes conventions of coming-of-age movies, in-the-hood comedies and dramas.” Tom Teicholz. Forbes.

 

Arcade Fire: The Reflektor Tapes – Kahlil Joseph’s documentary about the beloved stadium fillers…” Leslie Felperin. The Guardian.

Office – Heroically different’ 3D musical is elevated by stunning sets and multilayered storyline.” Edmund Lee. South China Morning Post.

 

 

In the new Film Program section, American Specials, which presents the Mexican premieres of US films that have won critical acclaim and set box-office records, the Festival has recently confirmed the Mexican premiere for Black Mass and The Diary of a Teenage Girl. In addition to these laureate films, we present the following premieres:

The Hollow Point (World Premiere)

Dir. Gonzalo López-Gallego (El Rey de la Montaña, Nómadas, Apolo 18)

Cast: Ian McShane, Lynn Collins, Patrick Wilson

 

Max Rose (Latin American Premiere)

Dir. Daniel Noah (Twelve)

Cast: Illeana Douglas, Kerry Bishé, Jerry Lewis.

Premiered at Festival de Cannes in 2013

 

El Ganzo (Latin American Premiere)

Dir. Steve Balderson (Hell Town, Occupying Ed, The Far Flung Star)

Cast: Mark Booker, Magdalena del Rio, Anslem Richardson.

 

Max Rose – Jerry Lewis stars as a one-hit wonder jazz musician who makes an unsettling Discovery following the death of his beloved wife in Daniel Noah’s debut feature.” David Rooney. The Hollywood Reporter.

“El Ganzo – it’s meticulously crafted with gentleness and love” Tyler Selig. Media Tour

From November 11th to 15th, Los Cabos International Film Festival will offer, as usual, a great number of national and international premieres in Mexico, once more creating a space that allows film industry to exchange ideas and new projects. We invite the whole community of Los Cabos to make this Your Festival.