The Los Cabos International Film Festival inaugurated its fifth event with a tribute to renowned cinematographer Rodrigo Prieto, as well as the Latin American premiere of Jackie, Pablo Larrain’s latest film

The fifth edition of the Los Cabos International Film Festival kicked off with its Opening Gala, which was held at the Pabellón Cultural de la República, where federal and state authorities walked the red carpet alongside some household names, including Jacob Tremblay, Dennis Quaid, Cary Elwes, Carlos Cuarón, Natalia Lafourcade, Ilse Salas, Ana Serradilla, Christopher Uckermann, Jay de la Cueva, Tony Dalton, among others, who gave interviews and interacted with the surrounding public.

During the press conference held at the luxury hotel The Resort At Pedregal, Prieto was warmly welcomed by Alonso Aguilar Castillo, the director of the Festival, who dedicated a Tribute to the famed artist. Just one day after the presidential elections, Prieto, a man who has been radically influencing Hollywood over the past 18 years, dedicated some words to the audience: “This festival helps Mexican filmmakers and producers to collaborate with other colleagues around the world, and that’s the key. Seeing the other not as an enemy, but as someone who we can collaborate and be compassionate”, these words widely resonated across the country, reaching out to many Latin American immigrants who have faced hostility in these recent years.

The Festival´s opening day ceremony started with a bang with famed Mexican cinematographer Rodrigo Prieto´s arrival. He was welcomed with open arms by Mexican director, Carlos Carrera, who awarded Prieto La Ballena de Los Cabos an intricate whale shaped statuette created by renowned designer Daniel Espinosa especially for this Tribute. Prieto showed excitement and gratitude at having received such an honor.

Once the opening ceremony concluded, where the juries of our competitions: Carlos Carrera, Ciro Guerra, Gibrán Portela, Gerald Peary, Ernesto Diezmartínez, Chiara Arroyo, Charles Tesson y Cameron Bailey were in attendance; Chilean director Pablo Larrain’s most recent film Jackie, which has been anxiously awaited, was debuted. Larrain has won numerous awards, including the award for Best Script in Venice´s film festival as well as the Platform award at the Toronto Film Festival. Jackie stars Natalie Portman, who portrays the legendary Jacqueline Kennedy. The film showcases Jacqueline´s life during the days following the murder of her husband, former President of the United States, John F. Kennedy.

In this fashion, the Los Cabos International Film Festival began, paving the way for a wide array of films to be shown during the next few days, taking place from the 9th to the 13th of November. There will be a total of 45 national and international films presented during these five days, including 6 worldwide premieres, as well as a carefully curated selection of extraordinary movies that have been presented in the most prestigious film festivals around the world, such as Cannes, Berlin, Venice, Toronto, Sundance, South by Southwest, Locarno, Telluride and San Sebastian.

As well as the scheduled films, the Festival is also inaugurating its first edition of the Los Cabos Meet-MART, a place for Mexican and Latin American filmmakers to showcase their best works for people in the movie industry around the world.

Welcome to the 5th annual Los Cabos International Film Festival!

You can download photos at: http://www.image.net/cabosfilmfestival