Opening of GIFF 2013
By Jade Arroyo
On the night of July 19 the 16th edition of the Guanjuato International Film Festival (GIFF) opened at the Cinema Los Aldama. The night marked the realization of a dream for the GIFF team and the directors, artists and film lovers: the return of the festival to San Miguel de Allende.
Prior to the opening ceremony, Mexican and international celebrities walked the red carpet. Among them were Mexican film stars Fernando Luján and María Rojo, Ryan Coogler and Melonie Diaz (director and actress of Fruitvale Station), Spencker Tunick and his wife, Mexican actresses Gabriela de la Garza and Rebecca Jones, and dozens of filmmakers competing in the various film categories.
Once inside the Cinema Los Aldama, the inaugural video was screened, which showed highlights of the film festival this year. During the ceremony, the director and founder of GIFF, Sara Hoch, thanked the municipal government and state for supporting the festival and offered a warm welcome to the movie-loving public. Accompanied by Mayor Mauricio Trejo, Tourism Minister Fernando Olivera Rocha, and representatives of the invited country, Colombia, she welcomed the audience to stay for the screening of the first film, Fruitvale Station. Written and directed by Ryan Coogler and starring Michael B. Jordan and Octavia Spencer (Academy Award winner for The Help), Fruitvale Station was selected as the Sundance Festival Grand Jury Prize Best Debut, and was acknowledged as “Un Certain Regard” at the Cannes Film Festival. The screening in San Miguel was the film’s Latin American premiere.
The following evening, special homage was given to renowned Mexican actor Fernando Luján, and his film Tercera Llamada (Final Call) was shown.
The 16th edition of GIFF concluded in San Miguel de Allende on July 23.