[eltdf_dropcaps type=”normal” color=”” background_color=””]I[/eltdf_dropcaps]n its twentieth edition, the Guanajuato International Film Festival is proud to receive Canada as its Spotlight Country. We can hardly describe our enthusiasm in sharing with our audience this wonderful program that includes the best in Canadian cinema, which we are sure you will all enjoy.
Consolidated from its beginnings as one of the best exponents of the film industry, we will give a tour of Canadian cinema that goes from the classic silent film Back to God’s Country all the way to It’s Only the End of the World, by Cannes’ favorite Canadian director Xavier Dolan. This path, which includes classic films from directors such as Claude Jutra, Denys Arcand, Zacharias Kunuk, Guy Maddin and David Cronenberg, who helped shape the aesthetics and ideals of Canadian cinema; as well as recent productions from filmmakers such as Sarah Polley, Chloe Robichaud, Stephen Dunn, Denis Villeneuve, Kevan Funk, Ashley Mckenzie, Aisling Walsh and Matt Johnson, just to name a few of the new talents who are now in charge of bringing Canadian cinema to the world.
With these we will celebrate Canada’s 150th anniversary as a Confederate State, as well as the 50th Anniversary of Telefilm, paying tribute to our Spotlight Country’s film industry and bringing Mexican audiences closer to the history of one of the most important nations in modern society.
We invite you to marvel at these two special programs, Canada on Screen and Fiction, that include 23 award-winning films that explore the geography and the different sides of Canada’s identity and that are brought to you by curators, filmmakers, distributors, institutions and industry leaders who helped create a selection worthy of screening during this ten-day celebration, the best of Canadian cinema. From fiction to documentaries, from contemplative to dramatic, to wildly comedic cinema, Canada has many innovative film options to offer moviegoers.