The 2016 Guanajuato International Film Festival, in its 19th edition, is proud to welcome Japan as its Guest of Honor.
Japanese cinema has seen several glory periods. The first Golden Age, from the late silent era saw the flourishing of such great directors as Mizoguchi Kenji, Ozu Yasujiro, Shimizu Hiroshi, Yamanaka Sadao, Naruse Mikio, and Gosho Heinosuke. After the Pacific War, came a second Golden Age, with a younger generation comprising Kurosawa Akira, Kinoshita Keisuke, Kawashima Yuzo, among others.
The late 1950s saw the emergence of a New Wave, formed at the heart of the studio system at Shochiku, whose central figures were Oshima Nagisa, Yoshida Kiju, and Shinoda Masahiro. A new independent cinema arose in the 1990s, marked by the emergence of such directors as Kitano Takeshi, Kurosawa Kiyoshi, Tsukamoto Shinya, Iwai Shunji, Koreeda Hirokazu, and Miike Takashi.
Special representatives from each of our guest countries of honor offer conferences, workshops and special programs showcasing their most recent and historical production, as well as present their diverse methods of work. These activities strengthen relations between the creators of both countries, exchanging knowledge and creating conditions that are favorable for cinematic co-production.