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GIFF, A Most Inclusive Film Festival

Diego Luna, foto de

Dolores Heredia

Mr. Pig

Sara Hoch

By Jesús Aguado

The Guanajuato International Film Festival (GIFF) is developed and held for all social strata in San Miguel de Allende. It is a fiesta that tries its best to touch the souls and hearts of people who love the movie industry as well as those who want to be closer to it.

The Guanajuato International Film Festival (GIFF) will take place from Friday, Jul 22, to Sunday, Jul 31. The festival will feature music, international premieres, actors, directors, red carpet events, and much more. All the events will be held in public spaces, common plazas where attendees can feel at home.

Inaugural Film, Mr. Pig

In advance of projection in movie theaters, the Festival will present the premiere of Mr. Pig, directed by Mexican Diego Luna at 9:30pm, after the homage. It lasts 92 minutes. The movie also will be projected in the Jardín Principal. Luna will not attend the festival because he is making another movie; however, some of the starring actors and actresses will attend: José María Yazpic, Angélica Aragon, Danny Glover, Maya Rudolph, and Gabriela Araujo, among others.

Diego Luna wrote, “Mr. Pig is a movie that is started five years ago, when Augusto Mendoza (co-writer) and I traveled to London to promote Abel. While waiting for flights we took advantage of our time and started writing a new movie, a film that could give us the opportunity to say good bye to our first project and keep growing as a team.”

In the movie trailer, Ambrose Eubanks (Danny Glover), a pig farmer from the southern United States, has lost all his inheritance. It tells how he decides to start a road trip to Mexico, where he will find a new home for his enormous, beloved pig, Howie. Glover is asking 50 US dollars for the pig. His age and his addiction to alcohol affect his health, so his plans change. Later, his daughter, who has lived away from him, is forced to meet with her dad, and they share the adventure together.  To know more about the Festival, go to


Lecture and Homage

Sara Hoch, director of GIFF, told Atención that this year the lecture offered by the actress receiving the festival’s homage will be on Friday, July 22, at 5pm at Casa de Cultura Banamex. There, actress Dolores Heredia will talk about her career path. Since she is the president of the Mexican Academy of Arts and Cinematographic Sciences, she will review the history of that 70-year-old association. The talk is open to the general public.

After this event, Dolores Heredia will return to her hotel to appear later dressed for a gala to ride in a horse-drawn cart through the main streets the city. Heredia will be accompanied by Japanese actress Kaori Momoi. Sanmiguelenses can greet these wonderful actresses who will parade surrounded by mojigangas (giant puppets) and live music.

Mexican Dolores Heredia has acted in more than 40 national and international feature films. She was named Best Actress by the Amiens Festival for her acting in Santitos, a movie from Alejandro Springfall. In 2000 she also received the same award from the Cartagena International Film Festival. Heredia has also portrayed a character in the Latin American HBO TV Show Capadocia.

Heredia is a well-known actress and social activist. Since 2015 she has been president of the Mexican Academy of Cinematographic Art and Sciences.

Kaori Momoi arrives in San Miguel from the invited country, Japan. Momoi as well has been listed as one of the best actresses in her county. She is also a movie director, singer, ballerina, and teacher.

Sara Hoch commented that this year the festival will take place at the biggest open air movie theater,  the Jardín Principal, because it is a place where Sanmiguelenses and visitors from all levels of society meet and feel at home. Hoch assured that the attendees will have total access without restrictions. “They can wear gala clothes, or shorts, or whatever they want. This is their festival, prepared with lots of love for them.”

Elephant, the Horse

Following tradition, the festival will start screening short films, documentaries, and movies from 10am–2am. Children are the special guests on Friday, July 22, at noon, when the red carpet will cover calle Mesones and will end up inside the first venue, the Ángela Peralta Theater. It is a red carpet for kids, who will enjoy the adventures of brothers Roberto and Lalo inside the theater.

The child adventurers and their family arrive at the home of their grandfather, who is about to die. One day, he wakes up and—secretly—asks the grandsons for a favor. He wants them to release a horse named Elephant. With the freedom of the horse, the grandfather’s soul will also be free. The problem starts when a man kidnaps Elephant to put him to work in a circus. That is when the real adventure begins. In the end, the brothers will learn the importance of family unity and the help that friends can provide. The 80 minute film from Chile is scheduled for projection in theaters this August.

More Movies Por Favor

GIFF will present the Latin-American premiere of Contemporary Color, the idea from musician David Byrne (leader of the former band Talking Heads). He called musicians like St. Vincent, Nelly Furtado, and Ad-Rock to create a live musical performance while dozens of dancers performed with flags and swords. This movie will be projected at the Jardín Principal on Saturday, July 23, at 9:30pm.

The Guy from Oklahoma, a movie with a Sanmiguelense soul, tells the story of artist James McLauchlin, who traveled the world to finally realize that his artistic vision was in Guanajuato. This movie was directed by Juan Carlos Ramos Zapata and will be projected at the Ángela Peralta Theater on Sunday, July 24, at noon.


The festival will feature concerts at the Jardín Principal with bands on the rise. On Saturday, July 23, at 7pm the music will be presented by Capo and Camilo Séptimo. On the Sunday, July 24, at 7pm, Banda Futuro and Little Jesus will fill the air with rock.


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