Everything is ready for the great week of cinema in Guadalajara

The 34th edition of the FICG will be held from March 8 to 15 with activities that will show the cinematographic tendencies; in addition to masterly lectures with special guests, awards and, in an unprecedented way, the filming of "The King of the whole world"

The International Film Festival in Guadalajara will hold its 34th edition from March 8 to 15. Miguel Ángel Navarro Navarro, rector general of the University of Guadalajara, highlighted the moment in which the national cinema lives, with Mexican filmmakers around the world who have been successful in recent years. From the FICG, he highlighted his role as a space for the exhibition of cinematographic tendencies in Mexico and Latin America, in addition to his formative section. As a space for reflection, the rector said that films with themes such as economic crises, migration and climate change have been screened. Of the guest of honor in this edition, Chile, he announced that his films will be screened as well as novelties.

Verónica Rocha, counselor of political affairs and cooperation (representing the ambassador of Chile in Mexico, Domingo Arteaga Echeverría), added that ten patrimonial films will be screened during the festival. The representative of the Embassy of Chile in Mexico recalled the historical links between Mexico and Chile, with constant political, cultural and family issues. To comment on the current state of the film industry in Chile, he mentioned a couple of recent milestones, such as the Oscar Award statuette received by Gabriel Osorio for his short "Story of a Bear" in 2016, or the Oscar for Best Foreign Film by Sebastián Lelio in 2018, for "Una Mujer fantástica".

The Chilean delegation that will arrive in Guadalajara consists of 40 industry professionals, three of whom will participate as jurors. There will also be eight films, with 24 feature films to be screened (10 classics and 14 recent). Within the program related to LGBT issues, an expected film will be the recent documentary about the writer and artist Pedro Lemebel. In order to continue strengthening the ties between Mexico and Chile, said the representative of the delegation, during the festival the signing of a co-production agreement between both countries will be finalized.

News and special events

Raúl Padilla López, a former rector of the UdeG and president of the FICG, commented on some of the novelties in the program, such as the International Animation Feature Film Award, made at the request of the filmmaker Guillermo del Toro. An existing award that is restructured is that of an animated short film since it goes from being for Mexican productions to being the International Rigo Mora Award for Animation Short Film.

From the legacy of the festival, Padilla López added that in addition to its training area for young filmmakers and the projection of news in Mexico and Latin America, the festival has also sought the development of the industry.

The president of the FICG commented that during the festival, on March 10, the result of the Jenkins Del Toro Scholarship will be announced, for which about 180 applicants applied.

A special and unprecedented event within the festival will be the filming of a film: "The King of the whole world", by Spanish filmmaker Carlos Saura (where the Tapatío dancer Isaac Hernández participates). Part of the production will be done in Room 3 of the Conjunto Santander de Performing Arts, whose Cineteca is one of the main venues of the meeting.

The numbers

Estrella Araiza, new director of the festival after the departure of Iván Trujillo to the general direction of TV UNAM, shared some figures of this edition of the festival: the presence of screenings will be in 30 screens, 7 outdoor venues, 428 functions and 285 productions Raúl Padilla added that for years the festival's budget is capped at $ 52 million pesos, in a standard of austerity; the figure for this edition is raised at $ 49 million pesos.

Featured activities

Tribute Mayahuel de Plata to Blanca Guerra

Mayahuel to Hugh Hudson, Oscar winner for "Chariots of Fire"

Conference of Peter Fonda and Diego Luna, with a presentation of the classic "Easy Rider"

Julio Cortázar Latin American Chair with Gonzalo Suárez, presenting his most recent production "El sueño de la Malinche".

A function of "Doña Herlinda and her son" (1985), by Jaime Humberto Hermosillo

FICG TV Pitchbox, new festival space in partnership with the Filmarket Hub platform: eight series projects will be presented to producers such as Alazraki Films, Dynamo, Fabula, Fox Networks and Turner, among others

Keynote Conferences: Eugenio Caballero, the Quay brothers, Shadow Machine, Kevin Scott, Vittorio Storaro, Carl Deal, Juan de Dios Larraín and Christine Vachon will share their experience in the cinema with different talks

Check the complete program at: www.ficg.mx

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