With the traditional reception of celebrities and special guests on the red carpet of the Cabo San Lucas Cultural Pavilion, the Seventh Edition of the Los Cabos International Film Festival kicked off attractively.
Between November 7th and 11th, more than 40 films will be exhibited, of which two will be world premieres: "A 3 Minute Hug" ("Un abrazo de 3 minutos ") and "Storks" “Cigüeñas”); 17 internationals among which stand out: "The Man who killed Don Quixote by Terry Gilliam (honored at the opening ceremony ) and" Blackkklansman "or" Infiltrated in the Kkklan "by Spike Lee (who will receive tribute at the closing ceremony"), as well as; 15 Mexican national films.
Unlike the festivals held elsewhere in Mexico, Los Cabos brings together actors, producers, directors and executives of the film industry, strengthening the cultural and commercial ties, of the three countries of North America: Mexic , United States and Canada.
Among the personalities that paraded on the Red Carpet we saw Linda Cruz and Julio Bracho (opening ceremony hosts), actress Stephanie Cayo and Mexican actor Darío Yazbek, amongst others.
During the opening ceremony in charge of giving the welcome speeches were Alfonso Pasquel, President of Art and Culture of Los Cabos, A.C. followed by Carlos Mendoza Davis, Baja California Sur Governor and Los Cabos Mayor Armida Castro. The Executive Director and the Artistic Director for the Festival, Alejandra Paulín and Maru Garzón, respectively, also joined in the welcome.
During the ceremony, tribute was paid to two greats of the film industry:
Pierce Handling, Executive Director of the Toronto Film Festival who enjoys enormous prestige for his extraordinary and respected professional career in the industry.
And; Terry Gilliam, screenwriter, director, actor and comedian with a great career in the industry with films like "Twelve Monkeys", "Monty Python and the Holy Grail", "Brazil", "The Fisher King" amongst others, besides "The man who killed Don Quixote " that will premier during this Festival, after almost 30 years trying to finish it. Gilliam also received the “Whales Tail” sculpture in bronze designed by famous Cabo resident artist "El Nacho" in recognition of his work same that was delivered by outstanding writer and one of this year’s festival jury members Juan Villoro.
After the ceremony protocol the film shown was “The Favourite” by Yorgos Lanthimos (“Langosta” “El sacrificio de un ciervo sagrado”) film that was awarded the Grand Jury Prize at the Venice International Film Festival, staring Emma Stone, Rachel Weisz and Olivia Colman.
This film set in the late seventeenth and early eighteenth centuries during the time of Anne, Queen of Great Britain first queen of England and last of the house of Stuart. A story of intrigue and political intrigue highlighting the excellent scenery, costumes and photography.
With information from Armando Figaredo,
Translation by Tony Perez Dillon
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