Los Cabos Film Fest: Road Movie 'Gueros' Takes Top Prize
Special guests at the Baja festival included Reese Witherspoon and Rosario Dawson
Alonso Ruizpalacios' Gueros, a road movie revolving around a trio of Mexican slackers, won the main competition section at the third edition of the Los Cabos International Film Festival.
Gueros has enjoyed a successful run on the festival circuit with wins in Berlin, Tribeca and most recently at Mexico's Morelia fest.
In Los Cabos' Mexico First section, the jury prize went to Arturo Gonzalez's Llevate Mis Amores, a portrait of Mexican women who provide food to U.S.-bound Central American migrants.
Special guests at the festival included Reese Witherspoon, who presented the opener Wild; Rosario Dawson (The Captive), Canadian filmmakers Atom Egoyan and Denys Arcand; Serbian filmmaker Emir Kusturica; Mexican directors Diego Luna (Chavez) and Guillermo Arriaga (The Burning Plain); and actors Ellar Coltrane and Lorelei Linklater, who were on hand for the closer Boyhood.
Among the deals announced in Los Cabos, director Mark Kassen (Puncture) will be helming Criminal Enterprise for Dummies. Also, Paradigm signed Mexican actor Luis Gerardo Mendez (Nosotros los Nobles), a rising star who has been cast in the upcoming Netflix series Los Escorpiones (The Scorpions). As for acquisitions, Cine Tren picked up Latin American distribution for Justin Benson's Spring and Germany’s Media Luna grabbed world rights to Internet Junkie.
The five-day event often turned political as actors and filmmakers used the stage to demand justice for the violent disappearance of 43 students in the southern state of Guerrero.
Los Cabos ran from Nov. 12-16. The annual event brings together industry people from the U.S., Canada and Mexico.