Viva Mexico Film Festival

by Abdon FLORES

The Mexican cinema will have for the 4th straight year a festival in Paris. During a week, Parisians will have the opportunity to see a selection of Mexican films and documentaries in the Viva Mexico – Rencontres Cinématographiques. The festival will be held at Cinéma Luminor Hôtel de Ville, a mythical movie theatre founded in 1912. Located downtown Paris, this year distance won’t be anymore an excuse to miss this updated film selection.




The program is rather complete since it includes a master class given by veteran director Arturo Ripstein and scriptwriter Paz Alicia Garciadiego about reality and fiction in movie making. Amat Escalente’s La región salvaje is among the six films scheduled; it must be said that the movie has just received the Golden Lion in Venice for best director; Mr. Escalante will present his film on Friday 7th. Also, famous Mexican actor Diego Luna will attend the festival -as movie director- to talk about his humourous, road movie Mr. Pig.



Four documentaries are included in the 2016 edition, all of them dealing with contemporary issues in Mexico like the environment, immigration and poverty. For the Cine Niño section there is one animated movie in stop-motion: Las aventuras de Itzel y Sonia; in the Cine Joven section the film chosen is Los bañistas directed by Max Zunino and Sofia Espinoza. As in the previous editions, the festival will travel to other cities in France. Among the new spots in the festival are Bordeaux, Lille, Avignon and Dijon, key cities to assure the festival’s future.



Viva Mexico – Rencontres Cinématographiques begins on October 5th with the film La delgada línea amarilla and ends on October 11th with Me estás matando Susana, a film based on José Agustín cult novel Ciudades desiertas. The director, Roberto Sneider, will be present at the avant-première. During seven days there will be 26 screenings; people will be able to vote for their favorite film since at the end of the festival an Audience Award will be given.


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