With a worldwide premiere of the documentary Hasta la Raíz and a live concert from Natalia Lafourcade, where she received the Chiuku Award from MTV, the second night of the film festival abounded with the talent of the Mexican singer-songwriter
The second day of the Los Cabos International Film Festival was crowned by the appearance of Mexican singer-songwriter Natalia Lafourcade at the premiere of the documentary Hasta La Raíz, which took place at the PEPSI B-Side section of the gala. This film, directed by Bruno Bancalari and Juan Pablo Lopez-Fonseca, is a work of art that documents Lafourcade’s rode to stardom. From being inspired at the beaches of the Hotel El Ganzo in Los Cabos, to the extraordinary achievement of winning an International Grammy Award, along with nine additional Latin American Grammys, this film about Natalia’s life and inspirations is a must see.
Natalia shared “I’m very pleased to be part of the Los Cabos International Film Festival, specially with this project that has fulfilled me with wonderful moments. Hasta la Raíz has given me so much learning and love. For the first time I’m sharing my music and history, that will lead you through my creative processes”.
Natalia Lafourcade herself walked the red carpet, along with celebrities Stephanie Sigman, Irene Esser, Juan Manuel Bernal, Manolo Caro, Ilse Salas, Christopher Uckermann Iván Sánchez, Dennis Quaid, Ana Serradilla, among others. Before the showing of the film, the star was awarded the Chiuku Award by MTV, which acknowledged her altruistic work. After the screening, Lafourcade gave a private concert to the attendees, regaling the audience with a performance that abounded with passion for both music and film.
At Cinemex, there were many showings of films throughout the day. These films have been entered in the festival’s film competition. Copious amounts of stars were present at the screenings of their respective movies. Some notable appearances at the screenings were actors Dennis Quaid and Cary Elwes for their new television show The Art of More, which is directed by Gary Fleder. Actor Craig Robinson was present at the showing of his new movie Morris From America, from the World Highlights category, along with its director, Chad Hartigan. The film Bellas de Noche was attended by its director, Maria Jose Cuevas, along with one of the leads, Lyn May. X500 was also shown, directed by Juan Andres Garcia Arango. Arango met the producers of the movie, whose names are Edher Campos, Luis Salinas and Yannick Letourneau, four years ago right here in Cabo.
Other movies include Tamara y la Catarina, where director Lucia Carreras and actresses Angeles Cruz and Angelina Peláez made an appearance. Soy Nero was presented by Iranian director Rafi Pitts along with the lead, Johnny Ortíz. The Other Half was attended by Canadian director Joey Klein. Donald Cried was attended by its director and star, Kris Avedishan, along with actor Jesse Wakeman. Last, but certainly not least, was the worldwide premiere of movie Los Paisajes, where director Rodrigo Cervantes, actor Darío Yazbek and producer Victor Schuchlieb were in attendance.
Another incredibly important aspect present in the festival are all of the different industry activities and personal meetings between film creators and executives. The grand opening of the Los Cabos Meet-MART took place today, an event that united all of the movie industry´s elite under one roof, at the Hotel Me Cabo. One of the activities that took place was the first session of the Los Cabos Industry Meetings. Directors of 26 different film projects, who were chosen by the Gabriel Figueroa Film Fund, convened at this conference, and participated in one on one meetings with representatives of different film fields, such as sellers, financing businesses, buyers and streaming platforms.
Additionally, directors, producers, distributors, and finance experts were welcomed into the Los Cabos Film Investor Summit, presented by Winston Baker. Here, a series of conferences dedicated to exploring new opportunities and growth in the film industry took place. One of the outstanding panels was “Financing Projects beyond government subsidies and incentives,” headed by Laura Walker, the CEO of AG Capital, where Vincent Maraval, the cofounder of Wild Bunch, participated, along with Gastón Pavlovich, the chairman and CEO of Fabrica de Cine. Another distinguished panel was “The Art of Storytelling Across Cultures” presented by revered filmmaker Julie Traymor. “Tackling Globalization in the New Era of the Film Business” was an enlightening conference presented by Stuart Ford, the founder and CEO of IM Global. A parallel event to the summit was IMCINE’s presentation of “Seminar of Distribution Strategies of Independent Cinema” imparted by Scott Veltri, the Chief of Global Sales of Magnolia Pictures.
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