The Festival’s 7th anniversary involved Alain Guiraudie’s return after his first visit here, in 2014. This time, he came to serve in the jury for our International Competition and to present his film, Staying Vertical, which was selected to be shown in our now traditional Gala Screening at Teatro de la Ciudad Esperanza Iris.
This year, in particular, retrospectives had an even more important place than usual; this time, not only we went over the work of three different directors, but, also, all of them were present with us during the festival—Angela Schanelec, from Germany; Luiz Rosemberg Fhilo, from Brazil; and Yuri Ancarani, from Italy. They also offered masterclasses as part of the activities organized together with the Ingmar Bergman Chair on Film & Theater.
The program was complemented, in a special way, with a selection devoted to Chilean documentary maker Ignacio Agüero, who not only showed four of his most representative films—including the sequel to his emblematic film Como me da la gana—but also offered a master class.
Finally, we offered, for the first time, a screening with live music at the open-air space in front of the University Museum of Contemporary Art (MUAC). The film shown was Georg Wilhelm Pabst’s Pandora’s Box.
This year, our main guest, to whom we devoted a retrospective, as well as our gala at Teatro de la Ciudad Esperanza Iris, and several parallel activities to the Festival, was Portuguese director Miguel Gomes, who also premiered in Mexico his celebrated trilogy One Thousand and One Nights, a political representation of the traditional Middle-East stories.
Another key retrospective that year was the one devoted to Russian filmmaker Marlen Khutsiev, a voice of the Russian Post-War Generation whose enormous work was still not recognized until not long ago. We screened, in 35 mm, a great part of his films, and Cineteca Nacional took a great deal of the screenings offered.
This year, our collaboration with MUAC implied the English filmmaker and visual artist Isaac Julien, who not only offered a masterclass but, also, showed his films and was present for his video installation Playtime & Kapital, hosted by the Contemporary Art University Museum.