Guadalajara International Film Festival underway in Mexico
The Guadalajara International Film Festival, one of Mexico’s most important film events, kicked off Thursday.
The festival, which runs until March 27, is expecting visits from such figures as Gael Garcia Bernal, Mexican director Guillermo del Toro and actor and director John Malkovich, who was recently in Mexico overseeing the production here of the play “The Good Canary.”
Colombia is the guest of honor this year. Documentaries and both short and long film features by Colombian directors will be screened at the event.
The festival received more than 650 film entries seeking to compete for its coveted prizes.
A number of Mexican films will premiere during the festival, and the festival will also celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Cuban Institute of Cinematographic Art and Industry (ICAIC).
Check in here for reporting from the Guadalajara International Film Festival on La Plaza. You can check out the festival's YouTube channel here.
-- Deborah Bonello in Mexico City
Photo: The poster for this year's festival. Credit: http://www.guadalajaracinemafest09.com/es/wp-content/uploads/2009/01/cartelficg24rgb.jpg