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- The Guanajuato International Film Festival presents its Official Selection of Mexican Features, Mexican Documentary Features and Mexican Short Films.
- GIFF received more than 3,500 films in competition from 122 countries, which guarantees a global vision of international cinema today.
San Miguel de Allende, Guanajuato July 8th 2016.
Committed to supporting and promoting Mexican cinema, the Guanajuato International Film Festival announces the films that make up our Mexican Official Selections during its 19th edition, which will take place on July 22-31 en San Miguel de Allende and Guanajuato City.
We received more than 3500 films from 122 countries in our call for entires which closed on April 1st. Among the selection there are 70 Mexican films that will be screened throughout the festival.
The Mexican Feature Official Selection is made up of six of the best films in our national filmography that reflect the visions of Mexican filmmakers.
Marcelino Islas, whose debut “Martha” premiered at the 13th edition of GIFF, returns with “La Caridad (Charity)”; a drama about a 30-year marriage that faces the husband’s recent hándicap stemming from a car accident.
Yulene Olaizola and Ruben Imaz, both winners in previous editions of GIFF, present “Epitafio (Epitaph)”. Set in the year 1519, the film is about three Spanish conquistadors from Hernán Cortés’ army who try to reach the summit of Popocatépetl.
“Sopladora de Hojas (Leaf Blower)” is the feature debut of Mexican director Alejandro González Mendizábal. Three young men are tasked with finding a set of keys that they lost in a pile of dry leaves in the park. What they don’t realize is that this apparently simple task could bring them face-to-face with their fears, turn their afternoon into an odyssey and change their lives.
“Maquinaría Panamericana (Panamerican Machinery)”, directed by Joaquín del Paso, is a Mexican-Polish co-production that participated in the 17th edition of GIFF as part of the Bilateral Forum of these two countries. Shot in 35mm and premiering in the 67th edition of Berlinale, is now a part of our competition.
“Gringo”, by José Luis Solís, shot on film, tells a story of daily violence for a family who lives in a Mexican border town.
Finally “Distancias Cortas (Walking Distance)”, Alejandro Guzmán’s feature film debut, tells the story of Federico who, after 10 years of not leaving his house, discovers his passion for seeing the outside world.
As part of the Feature Documentary selection we present:
“Plaza de la Soledad”, directed by noted photographer Maya Goded and premiered at the Sundance Film Festival; it tells the intimate stories of several women who have dedicated their lives to prostitution.
“Resurrección” by Eugenio Polgovsky, tells the story of the Salto de Juanacatlán waterfalls; a place that was once one of the main tourist attractions in Mexico, but is now one of the most contaminated rivers in the country.
“El Charro de Toluquilla” by José Villalobos tells the story of Jaime García, a singer who is HIV positive. “El Chico de Oklahoma”, by Julio Carlos Ramos, takes us into the life of Ando McLauchlin, a plastic artista that established an art gallery in the middle of the desert.
“The Weekend Sailor” by Bernardo Arsuaga presents Ramón Carlin and his story: an inexperienced Mexican sailor who in 1973 won an around-the-world yacht competition against all odds.
“La Selva Negra” by Charles Fairbanks and Saul Kak, which recently premiered at Visions du Réel, showcases modern life in the Mexican jungle. Finally, “La Laguna” by Aaron Schock, which premiered and was awarded at the Hot Docs festival. Both will have their Mexican premiere during the 19th edition of GIFF
Among the Mexican Short Film Selection are the best in fiction, animation and documentary shorts. This selection is made up of:
- “13,500 volts” by Mónica Blumen
- “24° 51’ Latitud Norte” by Carlos Lenin
- “Y sin embargo, se Mueve” by Moisés Aisenberg
- “El tiempo pasa (As Time Goes By)” by Eduardo Valenzuela
- “Aurelia y Pedro (Aurelia and Pedro)” by José Permar and Omar Robles
- “La boda de Baba (Baba’s wedding)” by Lucia Carreras
- “Muchacho en la azotea (Boys on the Rooftop)” by Julián Hernández
- “Casucka” by Iván Puig and Dalia Huerta
- “Chalma” by Miguel Ángel Fernández
- “Sangre alba (Dim Blood)” by David Zonana
- “Dobro” by Martha Hernaiz
- “Elevados (Elevated)” by Tania Diaz
- “Vida diaria (Everyday Life)” by Arturo Téllez
- “Fisuras (Fissures)” by Roberto Fiesco
- “HHL” by Alberto Ordaz
- “Espero que estés bien (I Hope You’re OK)” by Lucía Díaz
- “El ocaso (Sundown)” by Juan de Omar Deneb
- “María Bonita” by Amanda de la Rosa
- “Neiwa” by Abraham Cruz Herrera and Javier Vázquez Cervantes
- “Nunca más: la historia del News Divine” by Santiago Maza
- “Terry” by Ulises Pérez Mancilla
- “Los gatos (The Cats)” by Alejandro Ríos
- “El buzo (The Diver)” by Esteban Arrangoiz
- “El jardín de las delicias (The Garden of Delights)” by Alejandro García
- “La Familia Hernández (The Hernández Family)” by Anaïs Pareto
- “La memoria de las tortugas (The Memory of Turtles)” by Ben Guez
- “La Espera (The Wait)” by Juan Pablo González
- “Hoy no es mañana” by Misael Alva
- “Impar” by Rafael Ruiz
- “No estás soñando conmigo (You Are Not Dreaming of Me)” by Jorge Leyva Robles
Like every year, we also offer the Guanajuato Official Selection which features the best documentary and fiction short films made in the región. This 19th edition of the festival includes the following shorts:
- “Abluciones (Ablutions)” by Josué Enrique Vázquez Mejía and Manolo Tejeda
- “Todas esas pequeñas cosas que ocultas (All Those Little Things You Hide)” by Luisa Jáuregui
- “Allegro Scratch” by José Alberto Cerrillo
- “El retrato de David (David’s Portrait)” by Kristopher Alexander Torrealba Ramos
- “Dragón (Dragon)” by Luigi Moreno Barragán
- “El jardín” by Nicholas Bunch, Arcadia Hartung
- “El nopal” by Karen Razo Vargas
- “Life” by Cesar Guevara
- “Mateo” by Paloma Orduño
- “Qualia” by Jesse Lupini
- “Perdón (Sorry)” by Al Zaher
- “Riqueza espiritual: herencia de tejido y color (Spiritual Wealth: A Legacy od Weaving and Color)” by Edgar Nito
- “Domingo (Sunday)” by Erika Oregel
- “Tauromaquia (Tauromachy)” by Chrisitan Arredondo Narváez
- “El juego (The Game)” by Omar Alcala
- “La querencia (The Haunt)” by Erick Rodríguez Alonso
- “El pastelito más triste del mundo (The Saddest Little Cupcake in the World)” by Ashley Fell
- “La camisa (The Shirt)” by Arturo Pons
We will also show special screenings of these Mexican films:
Kids in Action Special Screening
- “Un caballo llamado elefante (Elephant the Horse)” by Andrés Waissbluth
Midnight Madness Special Screening
- “Ménage à trois” by Martín Román
- “Redención (Redemption)” by Humberto Busto
- “Evaporación (Evaporation)” by Indra Villaseñor
- “Revoltoso” by Arturo “Vonno” Ambriz
- “Ayotzinapa 26”, an anthology of 26 shorts presented by Amnesty International
- “Panoramas” by Rodrigo Guardiola and Gabriel Cruz Rivas
- “Tobías” by Francisca D´Acosta
- “Club Amazonas” by Roberto Fiesco
GIFF will take place on July 22-26 in San Miguel de Allende and July 27-31 in Guanajuato City.
More cinema please.