The Guanajuato International Film Festival would like to thank San Miguel de Allende for hosting us the first five days of our 20th edition and its people for attending our events, for making our tributee Isela Vega feel so welcome, for filling up the theaters during our screenings and attending our concerts and other activities during these five days that were constantly threatening us with rain, but never stopped us from continuing our celebration.
Now in this second stage, it’s the turn of Guanajuato City to dress up its streets with cinema, receive our honored guests and screenings at the Juárez Theater, the Cervantes Theater, the University of Guanajuato (its auditorium and steps), the Alhóndiga de Granaditas (for the concerts in our Music + Cinema program), among other venues that will house a cinematic experience like no other.
In these five days we have left in this 20th edition of the Guanajuato International Festival, this beautiful capital of the State of Guanajuato will pay tribute to Brigitte Broch, Academy-Award winning art director of Moulin Rouge as well as several major Mexican production such as Amores Perros; to Fatih Akin, German director of Soul Kitchen, Head On and The Edge of Heaven, as well as his most recent film In the Fade which will be the inaugural film in Guanajuato City, and Peter Weir, renowned Australian director of films such as Dead Poets Society, The Truman Show, Master & Commander: The Far Side of the World, among many others, and during his tribute he will show us his film Picnic at Hanging Rock. Our screenings of films from Canada, our Spotlight Country, will continue, which will include a gala screening of Bruce Macdonald’s magnificent coming-of-age comedy-drama Weirdos.
Guanajuato will also be the venue for the Identity and Belonging Documentary Competition shorts, in which six teams from six universities in Guanajuato present documentary shorts that paint a portrait of their world (films from this competition have gone to Cannes and Sundance, among other film festivals). It will also be the city where the 48-Hour Collegiate Rally Competition shorts will be shot: six teams will have 48 hours to shoot and edit their films before they’re shown at a special screening. Guanajuato City will also be the home of Epicentro, where people will have the opportunity to experiment with new Virtual Reality technologies as well as see three short films by three of Mexico’s most prolific directors: Carlos Hagerman, Juan Carlos Rulfo and Roberto Fiesco, as part of the Ópera Orbis project which will have a special screening on Wednesday after which the shorts will be available at Epicentro.
Don’t miss these events in Guanajuato City, all free of charge! The Guanajuato International Film Festival has been bringing cinema from all over the world and encouraging young local filmmakers for 20 years, and we intend to do it for at least another 20. More Cinema Please!
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