What Is the Guadalajara Film Festival And Other Important Answers

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You might have noticed that we’ve expanded our film content. We have many exciting changes to come in the next few weeks including a brand new dedicated film section. We’ll be posting interviews with Latino filmmakers, reviews, movie news, and coverage from all the big film festivals. Here we present to you, Andrew Vargas, Remezcla’s eyes and ears at the forthcoming Festival Internacional de Cine en Guadalajara (known as FICG).

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Oh, you’ve never heard of the Guadalajara Film Festival? It’s only been around for 29 years and is arguably the most important Latin American film festival in the world, but hey, we won’t tell anyone. Better yet, here’s your chance to get in the know and act like you were in on it all along. Thank me later.

As Remezcla’s man-on-the-ground in Guadalajara, Mexico I have taken on the solemn responsibility of reporting on the beautiful people, parties, and all of the other very serious things people do at film festivals.

Right, and the films.

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With works from over a dozen countries in competition, ranging from perennial powerhouses like Mexico, Argentina and Brazil to up-and-comers like Colombia and the Dominican Republic (along with a little short I made that some people might accidentally see), FICG29 promises to make waves on the festival circuit and provide a compelling window into the world-class production coming out of the region.

Alongside the films, master classes, art exhibitions, and sidebars dedicated to the unmistakably Latin American themes of music and soccer will get the the party heated up in time for this year’s guest of honor, Québec, to cool us off with a polar vortex of francophone film.

Stay tuned for more dispatches from the land of charros, mariachis and top-notch cinema. Over and out.

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The Festival Internacional de Cine en Guadalajara runs March 21 – 30.