SHOWCASE MUSIC + CINEMA: MAN IN THE CAMO JACKET
Bellas Artes 20:00 hrs
To save oneself through the other
Following the stellar performance of Long Strange Trip on the second day of the Guanajuato International Film Festival, the show continues with the Music + Cinema film program with a screening of Man In The Camo Jacket directed by Russ Kendall, known for The Song That Changed My Life and Winter Thaw, executive produced by Alex Coletti, creator of MTV’s Unplugged, and produced by the people behind We are X, a documentary that had its Latin American premiere in last year’s edition of GIFF.
Filmed throughout eight years, Man In The Camo Jacket documents the travels of Welsh musician Mike Peters, lead singer of the iconic new wave band The Alarm, from his rise to the pinnacle of recognition to the darkest depths of his chemotherapy treatments . Featuring performances by legendary rock musicians Fred Armisen, Duff McKagan, Martha Quinn and Billy Corgan, among others, this inspiring film makes us part of Peters’ relentless struggle to find inspiration so he can join the world’s best musicians and use his art to save cancer patients.
Don’t miss this memorable story of perseverance about a man who, ultimately, while trying to save other lives, could potentially save his own.
SHOWCASE KIDS IN ACTION
Program 2 – 12:00 hrs en Cinemex
The importance of teaching while delighting
In a further demonstration of GIFF’s social commitment and understanding the importance of cinema as a training tool, the “Kids in Action” program brings three short film programs and two feature films for the smallest in the audience to have fun and to spark their interest in making cinema.
With the idea of establishing a first contact between children and filmmaking that will last a lifetime, in addition to educating them in a culture that fosters diversity and collaboration, this year’s show includes productions from more than ten countries, including Argentina, Colombia, Germany, the Czech Republic, Brazil, France, Uruguay, Croatia and Russia.
Perfectly mixing playful recreation with humanistic content, children will learn, while having fun, that they should always be astonished by life and that monsters can be defeated; they will learn the value of teamwork, the importance of taking care of water in an environment where it’s scarce, as well as why we need bees in our planet and how to persevere to achieve one’s goals.
Cinemex 18:00 Hrs
Be faithful to yourself in times of crisis
In spite of her short career, Chloé Robuchaud is considered one of the great promises of the new Canadian cinema. With her short film Her Leader (2012) she competed for the Palme d’Or at Cannes, which she would so again a year later with her feature debut Sarah Prefers to Run, followed by the creation of Fémenin / Fémenin, a web series launched in 2014 which brought her international success. Now, the Quebec-based filmmaker returns with her second feature which has already succeeded in TIFF, BFI and FICX.
The film follows the professional and personal projections of three women who try to find a balance between their deepest problems and the political demands of a complex world that forces them to fight tirelessly to get ahead. Félixe, an idealistic Canadian; Danielle, a determined woman and Emily, a talented political trader, cross paths on a small island that has become the focus of attention of the world and whose natural resources are being overexploited.
Finally, the political conflict that serves as a background for their stories will be the necessary excuse for the protagonists to question whether they should remain faithful to themselves and their values or if it’s time to surrender and do what the world pressures them to do.
OFICIAL SELECTION DOCUMENTARY: PROGRAM 8
Last Days in Shibati / Life in Boxes / Cat Fight
Bellas Artes 14:00
The Eternal Dialogue between tradition and rupture
It is a natural law of life that yesterday gives way to tomorrow, in a process that never ceases. The courier is always exchanged for that which must perish to that which claims validity. This is a fact both in nature and in culture; The eternal dialogue of cycles can be observed in astrology or genetics, as well as in art and technology. This event should not be foreign to the connoisseur of the history of cinema, an art born at a time in History that was based on the constant idea of revolution.
This serves as a preamble to present one of the Official Selection Documentary programs, where films from all over the world compete for the award for the best cinema with social content. This program includes two short films and a feature film that deal with the problematic relationship between the past that seems to fade and the future that emerges bright. However, tradition never dies, so the rupture can never be completed, since there is always this phenomenon of syncretism that joins past and future together.
Last Days in Shibati is a documentary film by Hendrick Dusollier, winner of the Dresden, Lyon and César Awards, as well as the filmmaker behind GIFF’s 2007 inaugural film. It tells the story of Shitabi, the last area of Chongqing, which Is about to disappear. The film follows Zhou Hong, a seven-year-old boy, and Xue Lian, a 70-year-old woman who helps migrant workers. Both characters must abandon their beloved life in this charming neighborhood to be relocated in one of thousands of skyscrapers in the suburbs. This work will be followed by the short films Life in Boxes and Cat Figth, by filmmakers Alexander Lemus Gadea and Jairo Boisier respectively. The first is an exploration of memory that uses objects to trigger memories of Edward, who lives in New York surrounded by boxes containing 70 years of history. Cat Fight establishes an analogy between two cats fighting and an artistic competition that pits a father against his son, each trying to delimit their own territory and establish a hierarchy.