Todos Santos Film Festival

By: David Liles

As it does every year, Todos Santos becomes a magical movie itself during the Film Festival of Todos Santos. The Festival turns 11 this year and the celebration will be magnificent. Attendees can enjoy the event from February 20 – 28, 2014. More than 70 films will be screened, subtitled in English. Spain will be the Guest Country.

There will be new venues, bigger audiences and more movies and guests than ever!

TSFF was founded in 2004 by Sylvia Perel, (director and founder of the International Latino Film Festival of San Francisco, California) and a group of enthusiastic film lovers in Todos Santos. This year, the Festival expands its scope beyond Todos Santos to Pescadero and La Paz. As in years past, the Festival offers a selection of the best and most recent prize winning feature films, documentaries and short films from Latin America and Spain. A special emphasis is placed on local and national productions. The TSFF has hosted distinguished guests such as Diego Luna, Ana Serradilla, Kuno Becker, Daniel Jimenez Cacho, and many other directors, producers and actors over the past 10 years. This year will be no exception.

The actor Gonzalo Vega will present one of Mexico's most successful films, Nosotros los nobles by Gary Alazraki, based on El calavera by Luis Buñuel who will also be present. More excellent Mexican cinema includes the premiere of the documentary Mezcal. The director Francesco Taboada and photographer Fernanda Robinson will offer a demonstration of pre-Hispanic Mayan music with a trumpet made from the maguey quiote or stalk. Erendira Valle will attend with his latest short documentary, Lazos marinos. And the Youth in Video Program, founded by Leonardo Perel, will present Trapiches de Todos Santos. Also invited are Esteban Costero, Luis Ines Sandoval and others.

From Spain comes the actress Esther Regina and producer Alain Petre with the touching comedies 1 Franco, 14 Pesetas and 2 Francos 40 Pesetas. The famous Flamenco dancer Rafael Amargo will make his debut during the Tribute to Chavela with music by Cinthya Castro.

Luis Buñuel

Visitors can enjoy Iberian filmography and prestigious guests. Luis Buñuel will be recognized with a Tribute to Buñuel in Mexico for his movie The forgotten ones. Javier Espada, director of the Buñuel museum in Calanda, Spain, will attend the event and lead a master class. A festival round table will bring scholars together on the subject of the great Asturian.

The Festival opening will take place on February 21 at the Teatro Marquez de Leon with the award-winning Spanish film Snow white (10 Goyas, 30 awards, 20 nominations) from the director Pablo Berger. It will be followed by a gala ¡Viva España, Viva México! celebrating the theme of our festival. There will be music, flamenco dancing and mariachis benefiting the Youth in Video Program of the Leonardo Perel Film School.

Women in Spanish Cinema showcases three recent award-winning films (Three Days with the Family, Plans for Tomorrow, From Your Window to Mine). The Women's Cinema project selects Spanish films made by women. The project covers more than 10 Spanish and international offices who are committed to gender equality and the need for visibility for women in the film industry.

The Silent Film Program (Trapiches of Todos Santos-Snow White) will be complemented by a Celebration of the Silent Cinema conference led by Rob Mermin, the actor and director whose mentor is Marcel Marceau, will offer a dazzling presentation of more than 100 silent film clips from the 1920s.

The Short Films Marathon features fiction and animation. A selection of the best and most recent award-winning short films from Spain and Mexico will be screened in different venues in Todos Santos, Pescadero and La Paz. These competing shorts will be judged by a jury of Youth In Video. Jury members will hand out the Best Short Film and Best Animation awards including the Silver Maguey Award.

Ana Claudia Talancón y William Miller en La Ventan del Paraíso

Viva la Musica! includes an interesting selection of documentaries about Mexican and Spanish music, Mexican 80’s rock, and the divas of Mexican song - Chavela Vargas, Lila Downs, Eugenia Leon, Astrid Hadad, La Negra Gratiana, Iraida Noriega, and the most famous singer of contemporary flamenco, Morente and many Olé!

The close of the festival will be in the Manuel Marquez de Leon theater and include the Mexican comedy The third call starring the major actors Fernando Lujan and Silvia Pinal and continue at the Hotel Guaycura (Sky Lounge & Tapas) with Queen of the gypsies, a portrait of Carmen Amaya. A Flamenco and Olé party will close the festivities with a glass of Spanish wine.

In addition to the inauguration of the one and only Film School: Leonardo Perel, this year will feature themed parties for the Festival’s Open and Close. For these and many other surprises, do not miss the 11th Annual Film Festival of Todos Santos, from February 20 – 28, 2014 in Todos Santos, Pescadero and La Paz.

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