We are honored to present a top quality assemblage of professionals from the international film industry, prominent representatives of filmmaking, production, literature, screenwriting, film critic, distribution and programming, who will be in charge of selecting 13 out of 14 prize winners among the different competitions of both, our film program and the Gabriel Figueroa Film Fund categories. In addition, the winner of the Cinemex Audience Award will be elected by public voting during the Festival.

The laureates of this edition will be announced during the closing ceremony, which will take place on Saturday, November 10th, 2018, in Los Cabos, Baja California Sur.

The prize recipients of Mexico Primero competition (Mexican productions or co-productions) will be selected by the Argentinian filmmaker, screenwriter, and producer Anahi Berneri, winner of the Concha de Plata at the 2018 San Sebastian Festival; the Guatemalan filmmaker, Jayro Bustamente, winner of the Silver Bear at the 2015 Berlinale; and the illustrious Mexican playwright, novelist, essayist and journalist, Juan Villoro.

A group of film journalists from various corners of the world will gather to represent the International Federation of Film Critics (FIPRESCI), that will grant an award to the best Mexican film from this competition. Adriana Fernández, Mexican academic and critic; Flavio Lira, Uruguayan editor and film critic; and Dennis West, American critic and former jury member for several international festivals, will lead this deliberation.

The election of the winning film of Competencia Los Cabos (Mexican, USA or Canadian productions and/or co-productions), will be defined by Sebastián Lelio, Chilean filmmaker Oscar winner for Best Foreign Film in 2017; thriving French producer Charles Gillibert, founder of the multi-awarded production company CG Cinema; and the prolific British-Italian producer and screenwriter, Paula Vaccaro.

For the category Gabriel Figueroa Film Fund – Films in Development, the winner will be selected by Jillian Apfelbaum, Head of Film Production at Imperative Entertainment (USA); Julio Chavezmontes, screenwriter and co-founder of the Mexican production company PIANO; and Elliott Whitton, Head of Development at the American production and financing company Cinereach.

For Gabriel Figueroa Film Fund – Work In Progress section, the jury will be composed of Cara Cusumano, Programming Director of Tribeca Film Festival; Gabor Greiner, journalist, critic, and acquisitions director at the Franco-German company Films Boutique; and Geminiano Pineda, founder and general director of the Mexican production and distribution company Cine Caníbal.

The winners of the competition of Gabriel Figueroa Film Fund – TV Series In Development will be chosen by representatives of Art Kingdom and Bobo Entertainment, the companies that kindly support the awards for this category.

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Los Cabos Film Festival 2018

American Specials, one of our most successful film programs, comprises, year after year, films that stand out in the United States and worldwide, not only for their proposed topics and filming style, but also because of their highly skilled execution, which has often brought their directors and actors into the spotlight during the awards season.

Today we announce the film titles that we put forward as being an appealing outlook on 2018 American cinema, going from Wildlife, a magnificent directorial debut by acclaimed actor Paul Dano and starring Jake Gyllenhaal; American Animals, which successfully premiered at Sundance, directed by Bart Layton and starring the young Evan Peters; Widows, the most recent film by renowned director Steve McQueen, starring Viola Davis and Liam Neeson; and Destroyer, powerfully played by Nicole Kidman and directed by Karyn Kusama.

The films featured in American Specials, which have toured the most prestigious international film festivals and have been internationally acclaimed by critics and audiences, will be screened from Wednesday, November 7th to Sunday, November 11th at Cinemex Puerto Paraíso in Cabo San Lucas, in the context of the 7th Edition of the Los Cabos International Film Festival.

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Dir. Steve McQueen

When she learns about her husband’s death at the hands of the police, Veronica (Viola Davis) finds out that her wealthy lifestyle is the result of her partner’s (Liam Neeson) criminal activities. While still mourning, political bigwigs request she pays off her late husband’s million-dollar debt. Veronica then decides to contact three women she has never met before (Michelle Rodríguez, Elizabeth Debicki and Cynthia Erivo), and who have only one thing in common with her—they all are widows of members of a criminal gang that no longer exists. Her plan is to carry out one last big robbery that would clear them of all debt and allow them to start anew, in a male- dominated world.

Steve McQueen’s fourth feature film is a compelling criminal drama rooted in the gender and racial tensions in modern-day Chicago. With his impeccable visual style, the director brings together one of the most powerful ensemble of actors in recent years, led by the interpretative strength of Viola Davis.

Dir. Karyn Kusama

Erin Bell (an unrecognizable Nicole Kidman), a Los Angeles police detective, approaches the scene of an intriguing crime—a man covered in blood lies facing down, and the only clue to finding the culprit is a one-dollar bill soaked in purple paint. Bell declares she knows the murderer’s identity thanks to an undercover mission she took part in a few years back, in which she infiltrated a violent criminal gang. The leader of the gang, who has presumably returned, destroyed Bell’s personal life back then, and this time she would not let him go unpunished.

This is the starting point for Karyn Kusama—whose expert storytelling is indisputable throughout the fascinating timeline games in this film—to unfold a contemporary film noir in a visceral and authentic L.A.. Kidman delivers a chameleonic and fierce interpretation of Bell, full of nuances, which makes her worthy of standing alongside the great male anti-hero of this genre.

Dir. Paul Dano

Jerry (Jake Gyllenhaal) is dismissed from his job in a humiliating way, in front of his teenage son Joe (Ed Oxenbould). Over the last few years, the family had been moving cities regularly, in the hopes of finding a better life, which they believed to have finally found in a small town of Montana. Faced with this new situation—and dismissing his wife Jeanette (Carey Mulligan) and his son Joe’s pleads—Jerry decides to sign up to fight a devastating fire that is consuming the surrounding mountains. Left to their own devices, mother and son reconfigure their family, switching roles: Joe becomes the adult and Jeanette becomes the sole provider who ensures the family’s livelihood.

With Mexican DOP Diego García’s impeccable photography, acclaimed actor Paul Dano’s debut as a film is an elegant and detail-oriented intimate journey, full of nuances and complex characters; this has positioned him as a new strong voice in American cinema.

American Animals
Dir. Bart Layton

Based on a true story, American Animals describes the misadventure of four bright students from well-off families who, wanting to break free from their mundane and insignificant lives in a Kentucky small town, sought media fame by planning the robbery of antique books safe kept at their university. Their greatest obstacle was their own childish naivety.

Through the performance of an impeccable cast and by working with the real authors of this robbery in a documentary research style, Bart Layton offers us, in his first fiction feature film, an unusual gangsters movie, which uses humor to catalyze the drama of some small-town teenagers and their dreams of greatness.

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 By Jorge Cuervo

Enjoy and learn about Tequila with the Cuervo Family!

Jorge Cuervo will personally share his expertise in tequila tasting; his passion for this industry comes back from generations in his family, starting with Don Jose Antonio Cuervo, who was the founder of the Tequila beverage back in the XVIII century. Jorge will talk about the history, development process, as well as the varieties of tequila, myths and realities, while you also enjoy of delicious Mexican canapés by Executive Chef Roberto Gallardo.

We have at your service two different tasting class as follows:

Traditional Tequila Tasting
Taste tequilas from the legendary, traditional and the most distinguished family producers at Tequila town and Tequila region.

Artisanal & Special Reserve Tequila Tasting
Flavor handcrafted Tequilas and Special Reserves of the most prestigious Tequila Families.

Class subject to availability.
Reservation required.