The Guadalajara Film Festival (FICG) will close the rescheduled October in-person festival with the first two episodes of Netflix’s animated event series “Maya and the Three” from Emmy-winning director Jorge Gutierrez ( “The Book of Life”, “El Tigré”).
“To have ‘Maya’ previewed at my beloved FICG in Mexico’s animation capital is a dream come true!” Gutierrez said Variety after the announcement.
FICG has unveiled details of the full program for this year’s 36th edition, which also includes a special screening of Dennis Villeneuve’s “Dune” at the festival’s opening ceremony. Other big takeaways include this year’s award of El Mayahuel de Plata to Mexican Cinema, the festival’s highest honor, to illustrious Mexican actress Elsa Aguirre, a leading figure in the age of gold of the country’s cinema.
Other accolades announced include the Golden Mayahuel for the contribution of Ibero-American cinema to Spanish director Julio Medem (“Sex and Lucia”, “The Lovers of the Arctic Circle”), which will also host one of the festival’s masterclasses, the Golden Mayahuel for the achievement of his career. to legendary Spanish director Carlos Saura (“Carmen”, “Peppermint Frappé”), international guest of honor Mayaheul to Guatemalan filmmaker Luis Argueta (“Collect Call”) and the Maguey Queer Icon Award to Mexican singer Zemmoa.
This year’s festival will also feature a series of popular masterclasses from producers Nicolás Celis (“Roma”, “Birds of Passage”) and Jim Stark (“Mystery Train”, “Birds of Passage”), by novelist Jennifer Clement ( “Prayers for the Stolen,” “Widow Basquiat”) and Oscar-winning sound designer Carlos Cortés (“Sound of Metal”).
“The festival is run by the people who, year after year, attend and bring its activities to life. It is for them that we have strived to learn and perfect all the tools necessary to run a festival safely, in person, ”said Raúl Padilla López, chairman of the festival board.
New this year, FICG will host its own live talk show, “How Do You Say FICG? hosted by Chumel Torres and Michelle Rodríguez.
“It will be in the evening, when great personalities from the film industry meet in a fun and relaxed space to talk about the films, their journey through the art form and the events taking place at the festival,” Estrella Araiza explained. Briseño, general director of the festival.
Guadalajara kicks off in person on October 1 with “Dune” and runs through October 9, where “Maya and the Three” will end the week of festivities.
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