GIFF’s program full of international premieres

By Daniel Kandell

The Guanajuato International Film Festival (GIFF) kicks off today in San Miguel de Allende and features Mexican and Latin American premieres from around the world.

Salvo, which recently won the Critics Week Grand Prize at this year’s Cannes Film Festival, will make its Latin American debut in San Miguel on Sunday July 21st at 8pm in Cine Los Aldama. Its two Italian co-directors, Fabio Grassadonia and Antonio Piazza, will be in attendance to present the film and do a Q&A immediately afterwards. Salvo is a solitary, cold and ruthless hitman for the Sicilian Mafia. When he sneaks into a house to eliminate a man, he discovers Rita, a young blind girl who powerlessly stands by while her brother is assassinated.

Nothing Bad Can Happen, from German director Katrin Gebbe, will make its Latin American premiere during GIFF on Friday July 19th at 6pm in Cinemex and Tuesday July 23rd at 6pm in the Teatro Ángela Peralta. Tore belongs to the Jesus Freaks, a Christian-punk movement rebelling against established religion whilst at the same time following Jesus’s precepts of love. Julius Feldmeier, the actor who plays Tore, will be in attendance at the Tuesday screening.

Soldate Jeanette, from Austrian filmmaker Daniel Hoesl, who will be present, will also make its Latin American premiere during GIFF on Sunday July 21st at 2pm in Cine Los Aldama. Fanni has had enough of money and leaves to buy a tent. Anna has had enough of pigs and leaves the farmer one needle in the hay. In the new game Fanni rolls the dice while Anna does not think twice, she knocks down all the pins.

The American documentary Big Joy: The Adventures of James Broughton, will make its Latin American premiere during GIFF, on Saturday July 20th at 8pm in Teatro Ángela Peralta and Monday July 22nd at 12pm in Cine Los Aldama. A chronicle of the iconoclastic life of gay poet, filmmaker, and spiritual visionary James Broughton, one of the defining voices of the sexual revolution. Director Stephen Silha and producer Max St. Romain will be in attendance.

I Will Be Murdered, a Danish and Spanish co-production, will make its Mexican debut during GIFF in the presence of its director Justin Webster on Saturday July 20th at 4pm in the Teatro Ángela Peralta. In May 2009, Rodrigo Rosenberg, a wealthy, charismatic lawyer went cycling near his home in Guatemala City and was murdered. Nothing unusual there: Guatemala has a murder rate four times higher than Mexico’s, worse in fact than Iraq’s for civilians during the war. What was extraordinary is that Rosenberg knew, for certain, he was about to be killed.

A World Not Ours, a UK and Palestinian co-production will make its Latin American debut during GIFF, on Sunday July 21 at 6pm in Teatro Santa Ana in the presence of its Dubai born director Mahdi Fleifel, who will also participate in the MexiCannes program. Intimate and often humorous, portrait of three generations of exile in the refugee camp of Ein El-Helweh, in southern Lebanon. Based on a wealth of a personal recordings, family archives, and historical footage, the film is a sensitive and illuminating study of belonging, friendship, and family.

Shopping, from New Zealand directors Mark Albiston and Louis Sutherland, who previously won GIFF with the short The Six Dollar Fifty Man, will make its Latin American debut on Saturday July 20 at 12pm in Cine Los Aldama. New Zealand, 1981: muscle cars, racial tensions and a thieving bird all inform the small town life of brothers Willie and Solomon. The film’s main actor Kevin Paulo will be in attendance.

GIFF runs from July 19th – 23rd in San Miguel de Allende and from July 24th to 28th in Guanajuato Capital. Complete programming can be found on


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