Québec films warmly received at Guadalajara International Film Festival
Québec Delegate General in Mexico Christiane Pelchat, with Gabrielle director Louise Archambault and actor Alexandre Landry. Gabrielle was shown on the opening night of the Festival on March 21.
Québec films received a warm welcome at the 29th Guadalajara International Film Festival where Québec was the guest of honour. The Festival ended on March 30.
“Our presence in Guadalajara and the quality of our relations with Mexicans, and particularly with the State of Jalisco, are a reminder that Québec and Mexico form part of the same North American community and that these close ties must be maintained,” she said.
The opening night of the Festival, which drew a crowd of nearly 4,000, featured the film Gabrielle. Director Louise Archambault and actor Alexandre Landry were in attendance. Gabrielle walked away with 5 awards at the last Prix Jutras.
Filmmakers Côté and Dolan honoured
Québec filmmakers Denis Côté and Xavier Dolan were also honoured, with each winning an award. Denis Côté received the Mayahuel Award for his body of work after giving a master class at the prestigious Julio Cortázar Latin-American Chair at the University of Guadalajara. A retrospective of his work was presented that included eight medium-length and feature films.
Tom à la ferme, a film by Xavier Dolan, received the Maguey Award for a film that explores sexual identity.
Marquise Lepage, Martin Villeneuve, Bruce LaBruce, and Alanis Obomsawin are a few of the other filmmakers who participated in this major event.
Some sixty recent Québec short to feature films were on the program this year.