Everything To Know About The Los Cabos Film Festival
The eleventh edition of the Los Cabos International Film Festival will return this month, featuring a five-day line up of events and screenings, as well as attendance by celebrity guests. The previous two years’ events were held virtually due to the coronavirus pandemic.
The Film Festival is currently set to run from the 3rd – 9th of November, hosted by Cinemex in Puerto Paraíso. It is here that the inaugural gala will take place on the opening night of the festival, where Darren Aronofsky’s acclaimed film The Whale, starring Brendan Fraser, will be screened as the headline performance to begin the event.
The Closing Gala and Awards Ceremony
The Closing Gala and Awards Ceremony is also set to be held here, where the Sin Fronteras Award will be presented to the Mexican actor and producer Tenoch Huerta, for his work supporting the inclusion, diversity and visibility of Latin American talent in the film industry. As part of the tribute, the film Días de Gracia, by Everardo Gout; and Güeros, by Alonso Ruizpalacios, winner of the Los Cabos Competition Award in 2014, will both be screened.
Los Cabos Film Festival 2022 Programme
During the festival, attendees will enjoy a programme of local and international films, including a number of films in the running for the Official Selection: Los Cabos and La Baja Inspira competitions. The jury choosing the winner of the La Baja Inspira will be made up of distinguished personalities from Los Cabos linked to the film industry, including VFX specialist Hugo Javier Payén, photographer Elizabeth Moreno Damm and cultural promoter Efraín Torres.
Two competitions not participating in the competition that will also be screened are Las rutas de Harry Crosby (The Journeys of Harry Crosby) by Isaac Artenstein; and Amores incompletes, by Gilberto González Penilla, which both celebrate the heritage of Los Cabos itself. The latter, in addition to being shown at Cinemex, will also be screened in an open-air function on Friday, November 11th at 8 pm at Once (San José del Cabo), where its director and actor Manuel Landeta will be present. Following this, a second performance will be offered on Saturday, November 12th, while La Recua will be presented, a documentary by Trudi Angell and Darío Higuera Meza, which won the Los Cabos Press Award in 2021 and was voted an audience favourite.
Also during the week-long film festival, the programme will include an event reflecting on the urgency of environmental conservation, including screenings of the films Patrick and the Whale; All That Breathes, where two brothers dedicate their lives to protecting the Black Kite, a bird victim of pollution in Delhi; and Elephant Mother, about Lek Chailert, a Thai tribal woman who rescues elephants from abuse in the tourist industry while facing threats from the mafia.
Another popular collaboration highly anticipated to be shown during the festival is After Dark, a combination of four unusual films that involve enigmatic and disturbing worlds, which includes Cría siniestra by Hanna Bergholm; the long-awaited new play by Luca Guadagnino Hasta los ojos; Nanny by Nikyatu Jusu and Sick of Myself by Kristoffer Borgli.
Finally, the Film Festival will have a ‘World Highlights’ event featuring inspiring stories by some of the world’s best international directors, including As Bestas by Rodrigo Sorogoyen; No Bears by Iranian master Jafar Panahi; and Holy Spider by Ali Abbasi, among others.
In the past, the festival has drawn a number of celebrity guests such as Robert de Niro, however, it hasn’t been revealed who will be attending this year. Members of the public can purchase presale tickets for individual films at the festival from cinemex.com, which will cost 60 pesos each. However, the festival itself is free for the general public, including the various panels.