Over the last 6 years, FICG in LA has become synonymous with Mexican and Ibero-American film in Los Angeles. The festival, initiated by the University of Guadalajara in the United States, has consistently managed to bring the best of Spanish and Portuguese spoken films to the heart of Hollywood. This year from November 2nd through the 5th, the Guadalajara International Film Festival will return to Los Angeles with more movies and cultural events than in years past, along with an impressive line-up of VIP guests. The details were announced this morning during a press conference at the Mexican Consulate in Los Angeles. Present were Iván Trujillo, Director of the Guadalajara International Film Festival, Estrella Araiza, Director of FICG in LA, and Ambassador Carlos Eugenio García de Alba Zepeda, General Consul of Mexico in Los Angeles.
At the conference it was announced that 27 films would be screened over the 4 day festival, a record breaking number in comparison to previous years. The majority of these screenings will take place in the TCL Chinese Theaters 6 complex, although films will also be screened at the Mexican General Consulate. A special free screening of the classic Mexican silent film Tepeyac, which was released 100 years ago in 1917, will be held outdoors in Plaza Mexico, where Café Tacvba's revered singer Rubén Albarrán will perform the score live. Keeping with tradition, homage will be paid to legendary artists and this year actresses Kate del Castillo and María Conchita Alonso, as well as director Luis Mandoki will be honored. The festival also offers workshops for films that are in their post-production stage, in addition to numerous cultural activities, such as seminars for film students and book presentations.
This year will also mark the exhibition of the short film 11th Hour, a co-production between Mexico and Ireland from celebrated filmmaker Jim Sheridan, featuring Salma Hayek in the leading role. The closing gala will feature Ayúdame a pasar la noche (Help Me to Spend the Night) from Mexican filmmaker José Ramón Chavez alongside other Mexican films like Sueño en otro idioma (I Dream in Another Language), Los años azules (The Blue Years), Hermanos (Brothers) and Resurrección (Resurrection). Productions from other Latin-American countries will be available as well, including Argentina's Nadie nos mira (Nobody is Watching) Chile's El pacto de Adriana (Adriana's Pact) and Brazil's Las dos Irenes (The Two Irenes).
During the press conference, director of FICG in LA Estrella Araiza stated: "Los Angeles is a city that represents a point of meeting and exhibition fundamental to our festival and our films, for Mexican and Ibero-American filmmakers to make waves with their producers, distributors, buyers, and to make sure their movies meet their primary goal: to find the largest audience possible and deliver the stories that couldn't be told in any other way."