With a budget of around 52 million pesos, and an expected audience of 110 thousand people, the FICG33 is a few days away from gathering moviegoers with the best of cinematography in Guadalajara.
In a press conference, the organizers of the International Film Festival in Guadalajara (FICG) announced the general program for its 33rd edition, which will also offer a great welcome to the film culture of Catalonia, guest of honor.
They also confirmed the presence of Guillermo del Toro, the most recent Oscar winner as best director and best film, who is also a member of the FICG Board.
"This edition is especially significant because the Performing Arts Ensemble joins the FICG as the main venue, and if that were not enough, we received Guillermo del Toro a few days after being awarded two Oscars," the General Rector of the University of Guadalajara, Tonatiuh Bravo Padilla.
He also highlighted the role of the FICG in the training of new filmmakers, thanks to the fact that, with its different editions, "the knowledge of students and scholars who have access to films that would otherwise have no access" has been enriched and extended. .
For his part, Raúl Padilla López, president of the Board of Trustees of the International Film Festival in Guadalajara, highlighted the presence of another member of the Board, the Oscar winner, Guillermo del Toro.
"We dressed up to receive one of the greatest figures in international cinematography, Guillermo del Toro, who - after a cascade of awards - received the highest award from the United States Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, Oscar, "he said.
"We will have some activities with him, among others with the opening of the main hall of the Cineteca, which will bear his name, and a Master Class, which I fear will be several, due to the concurrence we expect, with the title" De Geometry to the Form of Water '", he added.
He also highlighted the size and scope of the FICG in its 33rd edition, sharing that it will have 236 films, 132 in competition, which will be screened in 31 theaters. Including those of this Set of Performing Arts, highlighting the largest room of the Cineteca of the University of Guadalajara.
"The FICG is the one that has more activities, more projections and more visitors in our context," he said.
For his part, Iván Trujillo Bolio, director of the International Film Festival in Guadalajara, said that this edition also marks the beginning of the activities of the FICG Cinematheque of the University of Guadalajara.
Cinema series will be presented as 'Back to the Cabaret', as well as films like 'El Santo contra el Cerebro del Mal', El Santo's first film adventure, among other projections of restored films.
The Mexican cinema will also have a recognition in the tribute to José Carlos Ruiz (Mayahuel National Homage of Mexican Cinema), who will give a Master Class and present a book with the title "I did not go to school, I went to the cinema".
Catalonia, guest of honor of the FICG33 will be present with a delegation composed of 60 creators and 40 films on display, confirmed Susanna Millet, coordinator of Dance and Cinema of the Ramón Llull Institute, representing Catalonia.
In addition to sharing the tributes and recognitions that will be lived in the FICG as the tributes to Ventura Pons (Mayahuel to Iberoamerican Cinema), Carlos Saura (Mayahuel International) as well as Erika Lust (Maguey Award Tribute).
Trujillo Bolio announced other activities of the FICG33, among which Guillermo del Toro will star, as "a press conference following the revelation of the plaque with his name in a room, where we will be announcing very important projects that he comes to the future. "
The announcement of the general program of the Guadalajara International Film Festival was accompanied by Miguel Benzo, Consul General of Spain in Mexico, and María Luisa Meléndrez, General Director of the Ensemble of Performing Arts, main venue this year. Guadalajara (NOTIMEX)