Guadalajara 2018 Film Festival Honours Guillermo del Toro, Unveils Winners

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Guadalajara 2018 Film Festival Honours Guillermo del Toro, Unveils Winners


Grivas, Alexis, Screen International


Del Toro returned after winning best director, picture at the Oscars.

Guillermo del Toro

The 33rd Guadalajara film festival (March 9-16) paid tribute to Guillermo del Toro, back in Mexico after winning the best director and best film Oscars for The Shape Of Water.

The filmmaker, met with standing ovations during the festival, took part in three master classes attended by around 12,000 people and launched three scholarships. During the event he revealed plans to shoot a film in Mexico.

Del Toro also opened a new cinema named after him, one of nine new state of the art venues with a 3500-seat capacity in the new headquarters of the festival, the Cultural Centre and Cinematheque of the Guadalajara public university, which is the main public sponsor of the event.

Other private sponsors include Amazon for the first time, which brought to Guadalajara its Film Festival Stars program (FFS) through its Prime Video Direct (PVD) scheme already launched in Sundance, Tribeca, SXSW and Toronto.

Awards

Del Toro is also the producer alongside his long-time partner Bertha Navarro (Tequila Gang) of Ayotzinapa, which won the prestigious Film Press award for best documentary

Directed by Enriqe Garcia Meza, it focuses on the cover up by Mexican authorities of the as yet unsolved murders of 43 rural students in Ayotzinapa late 2014.

Other awards in the Mexican competition section included those to Jimena Montemayor’s Restos del viento (Wind Traces) for best film, best director and the Fipresci prize, and Segio Umansky’s Ocho de cada diez (Eight Out Of Ten) for best actor (Noe Hernandez) and actress (Daniela Schmidt) and the Film Press award for best fiction.

The Colombian-Argentinian coproduction Matar A Jesus (Killing Jesus) by Laura Mora, fresh from its awards at Chicago, Cairo and Palm Springs, was awarded best film at the Ibero-American competition section. …

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