Wrapping in mid-November,the 2014 Los Cabos International Film Festival was a whirlwind of red carpet galas,premiers,open-air events and A-list parties in the ever-popular resort town of Cabo San Lucas,Mexico. Known for its spectacular beaches,idyllic waterfront and small town charm,Cabo is home to a wide variety of affordable yet luxurious all-inclusive accommodations to suit any budget,drawing a record number of attendees to celebrate the festival’s third year.
“Los Cabos International Film Festival inspires moviemakers and movie-goers to share ideas,experiences and a love for independent film,” writes Movie Maker magazine. “It’s an idyllic locale.”
This year the festival opened with the Latin American premiere of Canadian filmmaker Jean-Marc Vallee’s biographical drama Wild,which tells the story of Cheryl Strayed’s hair-raising journey along the Pacific Crest Trail. Attendees included the film’s star,Reese Witherspoon,who gave a “superb performance” that critics are already predicting will make the film a surefire contender for the awards circuit.
“This movie is very close to my heart,” Witherspoon revealed upon introducing the film in Cabo on the festival’s opening night. “I was so moved by the book,I knew immediately that I had to turn it into a film. It’s a journey of love and loss and grief and happiness.”
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Special tributes at the festival included Roger Ebert (Life Itself),and his widow Chaz was on hand to accept the recognition on behalf of her late husband. Held at the boutique Bahia Hotel & Beach Club on Cabo’s Medano Beach,the festival events were easily accessible by foot for attendees,with screenings held at the Puerto Paraiso Mall in the cultural center of town.
“In a small resort town where the beaches are beautiful,the local cuisine is inexpensive and delicious and the entertainment options aplenty,what stood out most about the Los Cabos International Film Festival was the warmth and generosity of the people – people who most certainly love and cherish the cinema,” writes Movie Maker magazine. “Young,vibrant and resilient,the Los Cabos International Film Festival is an unstoppable force.”
Rosario Dawson was also in attendance to present the Latin American premiere of Atom Egoyan’s film The Captive and was on had to present the festival’s Canadian tribute award to Mr. Egoyan herself. The festival reportedly awarded a total of more than $335,000 USD in prizes and incentives for the regional film industry.
The program included the following films from Mexico,the U.S.,Canada,Japan,Spain,France,Iran and Norway:
• “3 Histories D’Indiens” by Robert Morin (Canada)
• “10,000 KM” by Carlos Marques-Marcet (USA-Spain)
• “A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night” by Ana Lily Amirpour (USA– Iran)
• “El Regreso Del Muerto” by Gustavo Gamou (Mexico)
• “Gueros” by Alonso Ruizpalacios (Mexico)
• “Listen Up Philop” by Alex Ross Perry (USA)
• “The Overnighters” by Jesse Moss (USA)
• “Tu Dors Nicole” by Stéphane Lafleur (Canada)
• “Violent” by Andrew Huculiak (Canada)
• “Eden” by Mia Hansen-Løve (France- 2014)
• “Kaguyahime no Monogatari -The Tale of Princess Kaguya” (Japan- 2013)
• “Kraftidioten – In Order of Disappearance” by Hans Petter Moland (Norway,Sweden,Denmark- 2014)
• “Love is Strange” by Ira Sachs starring John Lithgow (USA- 2014)