The 36th edition of the Guadalajara International Film Festival will begin on October 1 with the stellar performance of “Dune”. To conclude on Saturday, October 9, the cinephile meeting has a reduction of approximately 30 percent in its contents, according to Raúl Padilla, president of the board of trustees. This is due, he explained, to the lower budget they have, in addition to the trends of festivals when adapting to times of pandemic. “It has been difficult, but we are doing enough to make a very worthy festival,” he said.
Ricardo Villanueva, rector of the University of Guadalajara (organizers), commented that “every year the festival’s programming has managed to integrate the most current trends in film aesthetics, as well as the most conflictive and neuralgic issues of international events.”
On this occasion, part of the main guests will be the recipients of the Mayahuel tribute, which for its Mexican section will be Elsa Aguirre, Julio Medem as the Ibero-American winner, the Guatemalan Luis Argueta as the international winner and the Spanish Carlos Saura for his career. Other Mexican talents that will parade through the festival are Joaquín Cosío, Édgar Vivar, Regina Blandón, Ilse Salas and Martha Claudia Moreno.
Among the venues contemplated by the festival are those of open spaces, with public functions. These screens will be in Plaza de la Liberación, Jardín Hidalgo, Municipal Presidency of Tonalá, Arcos de Zapopan, Plaza Cívica de Tlajomulco, Rambla Cataluña, Cabañas Museum and Plaza Bicentenario, adjacent to the Cineteca de la UdeG.
Estrella Araiza, director of the FICG, announced that this edition will feature the novelty of a talk show, entitled Como dices FICG, in which they will have guests to talk about “films, their personal path in art and the events that have marked the festival”. The production will be hosted by Chumel Torres and Michelle Rodríguez.
“Dune”: What is Denis Villeneuve’s film about?
According to Warner’s official synopsis, “Dune” is a mythical and emotionally charged hero’s journey, telling the story of “Paul Atreides” (Timothée Chalamet), a brilliant and gifted young man born in a great destiny beyond. of his understanding, that he must travel to the most dangerous planet in the universe to ensure the future of his family and his people.
As malevolent forces conflict over the planet’s exclusive supply of the most precious resource in existence — a good capable of unlocking humanity’s greatest potential — only those who can overcome its fear will survive.
The cast is joined by Rebecca Ferguson, Oscar Isaac, Oscar Josh Brolin, Stellan Skarsgård and Zendaya, among others.
Villeneuve directed “Dune” from a screenplay by Jon Spaihts and Villeneuve and Eric Roth based on the homonymous novel written by Frank Herbert. Villeneuve has also produced the film with Mary Parent, Cale Boyter, and Joe Caracciolo, Jr. Executive producers are Tanya Lapointe, Joshua Grode, Herbert W. Gains, Jon Spaihts, Thomas Tull, Brian Herbert, Byron Merritt, and Kim Herbert.
“Dune” was scheduled to be released at the end of 2020, however, the pandemic caused the film to be postponed several times without finding a date for its release. However, Warner Bros. has finally decided that Villeneuve’s production will arrive this year.