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Madrid — Nicolas Echeverria’s “Echo of the Mountain,” Fernando Coimbra’s “A Wolf at the Door” and Mariana Chenillo’s “Paradise” will feature in the 2014 Ficg in L.A., which opens with Catalina Aguilar Mastretta’s “The Hours With You.”
A Los Angeles extension of Mexico’s Guadalajara Festival that works the ever-more fertile axis between Mexico and U.S. cinema, the fourth Ficg in L.A. also includes pix-in-post sections for narrative features and docus. It runs Sept. 4-7 at the Egyptian Theater in Hollywood.
This year’s program also includes Guadalajara Construye in Los Angeles and DocuLab Los Angeles, two pix-in-post competitions. Demian Bichir (“A Better Life”), the National Assn. of Latino Independent Producers, Univision journalist and host Ruben Luengas and anchorwoman Gabriela Tessier will all receive Tree of Life Awards.
Aiming to bring the best of Mexican and Latin American cinema to L.A., highlighting most often – though not always – emerging talent, »
- John Hopewell
Guadalajara – Mexican Nicolas Echeverria’s “Echo of the Mountain” and Argentine Matias Lucchesi’s “Natural Sciences” topped the 29th Guadalajara Festival on Saturday scooping respectively its Mezcal Prize and best picture, screenplay and actress in fest’s Ibero-American Competition.
The Mezcal Prize is awarded to best Mexican movie at Guadalajara.
Brazil also had a strong run with Fernando Coimbra’s “A Wolf at the Door” taking director in the Ibero-American section, Marcelo Gomes and Cao Guimaraes “Man of the Crowd” its special jury prize and cinematography (for Ivo Lopes Araujo), and Daniel Ribeiro’s “The Way He Looks” its audience award. Actor went to Gustavo Sanchez Parra for “Perpetual Sadness.”
In all, five of Guadalajara’s eight top prizes went to feature debuts, a sign of just how much a new generation of filmmakers is emerging with force in Latin America.
A talking point of the festival, “Echo” is produced by Michael Fitzgerald, »
- John Hopewell
Odd List Ryan Lambie Simon Brew 6 Feb 2014 - 06:08
Our series of lists devoted to underappreciated films brings us to the year 2007, and another 25 overlooked gems...
For some reason, the number three was a common factor in several blockbuster movies of 2007. The third film in the Pirates Of The Caribbean series (At World's End) dominated the box office, Spider-Man 3 marked Sam Raimi's last entry as director in the series, while Mike Myers went for a hat trick of hits with Shrek The Third.
I Am Legend was the third and most financially successful attempt to bring Richard Matheson's classic novel to the big screen, Rush Hour 3 marked Jackie Chan's last action pairing with Chris Tucker, while Zack Snyder's musky sword-swinger 300 was notable for having the number three in the title.
Iffy attempts at numerology aside, 2007 was also a superb for year for movies in general - particularly underappreciated ones, »
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