The fourth annual Los Cabos International Film Festival wrapped this past weekend to another successful year. It was warm and sparkling and the people of Los Cabos graciously opened their doors to a host of international guests.
For this edition of the festival, the organizers debuted new film sections, strengthened their industry program and launched Cabos TV. They also showcased 19 Mexican premieres, 11 Latin American Premieres and 4 World Premieres.
Multiple award winning Quebecois director Jean-Marc Vallée was presented with the Tribute award by Jared Leto. Leto won an Oscar for his break-out role in Vallée’s wildly successful Dallas Buyers Club. In a heartfelt speech, Leto had this to say:
“He (Jean-Marc) changed me from a chronically unemployed actor into an Academy Award winner.”
The Opening Night film was Vallée’s most recent drama Demolition, first presented at the Toronto International Film Festival and starring Jake Gyllenhaal.
Sexy Swedish actor Alexander Skarsgård presented the Mexican Premiere of his latest film, The Diary of a Teenage Girl.
The Festival awarded a playful and easy-going Ewan McGregor the Protagonist Award for Excellence in Acting. The award was presented by Rodrigo García, director of Last Days in the Desert, McGregor’s most recent project, with festival participants enjoying a surprise screening of the film. Liam Neesan was also in Cabos to support his co-star and friend.
Acclaimed Canadian director Atom Egoyan presented the Mexican Premiere of his most recent film, Remember, starring Christopher Plummer.
Danny Boyle’s biographical film Steve Jobs had its Mexican Premiere as the Closing Gala Screening.
This year, the Festival distributed more than $480,000USD in prizes. The International Federation of Film Critics (FIPRESCI), debuted the first Best Mexican Film Award which was awarded to Te prometo anarquía (I Promise You Anarchy), directed by Julio Hernández Cordón.
Lenny Abrahamson’s critically acclaimed breakout film Room, won The Competencia Los Cabos Cinemex Award.