Los Cabos International Film Festival opens its fourth edition

Once again, Los Cabos International Film Festival opens its doors to See What the Neighbors of Mexico, USA and Canada are Doing, along with hundreds of international guests attending the Festival. This fourth edition is setting out to break new ground: we are opening new film sections, strengthening our Industry program and launching Cabos TV.

During the Opening Gala Ceremony, Carlos Mendoza Davis, Governor of Baja California Sur; Arturo de la Rosa, Mayor of Los Cabos; Alfonso Pasquel Bárcenas, Los Cabos Arte y Cultura President, and Festival Director Alonso Aguilar-Castillo, accompanied by Mexican actress Sophie Alexander-Katz, pointed out the importance of such an event as this, which brings together representatives from Mexico, the USA and Canada to create cultural and business exchange.


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¨In the next five days, the advance guard of this devoted-to-best-cinema colossal army will be gathering here. We will enjoy together Los Cabos wonderful tourist attractions, the most outstanding film jewels of the year, and, on the way, we will explore new narrative and business domains to be conquered,” said Festival Director Alonso Aguilar-Castillo during the ceremony.

This was a night that everyone will remember because of the career Tribute to Quebecois director Jean-Marc Vallée. His first feature film, the striking erotic thrillerBlack List, which was the first of a kind in the new Quebecois cinema, launched him to international fame. Finally attracting Hollywood attention, Vallée shot two films in the US, starring Mario Van Peebles – Strangers and Los Locos. After Loser Love, in 2005, he returned to French-spoken films with C.R.A.Z.Y., which will be screened in the Festival this week. C.R.A.Z.Y. became a big phenomenon for the critics and audience, being distributed in more than fifty countries and winning several awards at international film festivals.

The Tribute award was presented by actor, musician and director Jared Leto, who won the Oscar and the Golden Globe for best supporting role for his performance in Dallas Buyers Club. Leto gave a word about the first time he met Vallée, and the path they have traced together in film industry.


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“He (Jean-Marc) changed me from a chronically unemployed actor into an Academy Award winner.” Jared Leto –Festival special guest– when presenting the Tribute during the Opening Gala.

In addition to receiving this year Tribute, Jean-Marc Vallée presented the Latin American Premiere of his most recent film, Demolition, which was presented for the first time at the Toronto International Film Festival. Featuring an exceptional performance by Jake Gyllenhaal, the film shows the impact of losing a loved one in a man’s life.


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“To pick your films is to pick your life.” Jean-Marc Vallée

Including 19 Mexican premieres, 11 Latin American Premieres and 4 World Premieres, Los Cabos International Film Festival opened what we know will be an unforgettable edition.