‘Los lobos’, a Mexican film triumphs at the Guanajuato Film Festival

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'Los lobos', a Mexican film triumphs at the Guanajuato Film Festival




'Los lobos', by Samuel Kishi Leopo, was crowned the Best Fiction Feature Film in Mexico. (GIFF)


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‘Los lobos’, by Samuel Kishi Leopo, was crowned the Best Fiction Feature Film in Mexico. (GIFF)


The twenty-third edition of the Guanajuato International Film Festival (GIFF) has surprised by being the first hybrid competition held in Mexico, within the health crisis of covid-19. Through his computer, thousands of attendees were able to ‘attend’ honoring filmmaker David Lynch, and saw thefilms and short films that participated in the Official Selection.

After nine days of activities on platforms, the Guanajuato International Film Festival (GIFF) held the award ceremony at the Drive-in cinema, installed in the Guanajuato Bicentennial Park, in Silao.

Mexican films stood out at the award ceremony The Wolves, by Samuel Kishi Leopo, which was the opening performance of the festival in Irapuato and won in the category of Best Fiction Feature Film in Mexico; Y The flowers of the night, by Omar Robles and Eduardo Esquivel, won the award for Best Mexican Documentary Feature Film.

The award for Best International Fiction Feature Film went to the Japanese film Ainu Mosir by Takeshi Fukunaga. In the category of Best International Documentary Feature Film, the Canadian production was crowned, Landfall by Puerto Rican filmmaker Cecilia Aldarondo.

‘Los lobos’ triumphs at GIFF

The film made by Samuel Kishi Leopo this year has won awards at the Berlinale, Miami and Korea. The Wolves (2019) tells the story of two children who are taken by their mother to the United States in search of better opportunities.

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Every day while they wait for their mother to return from work, they listen to the stories, rules and English lessons that she leaves them on an old cassette recorder, so they build an imaginary universe and wait for the promise of going to Disneyland to be fulfilled.

List of GIFF winners

Best International Fiction Feature Film

  • ‘Ainu Mosir’ de Takeshi Fukunaga.

Mention to the actress

  • Mary Twala Mhlongo for her performance in ‘This is not a Burial, It’s a Resurrection’ by director Lemohang Jeremiah Mosese.

Mention for visual design in International Fiction Feature Film

  • ‘You will Die at Twenty’ de Amjad Abu Alala.

Best Fiction Feature Film Mexico

  • ‘Los Lobos’ by Samuel Kishi Leopo.

Fiction Feature Film Mention Mexico

  • ‘ColoZio’ by Artemio Narro.

Best Mexican Documentary Feature Film

  • ‘The flowers of the night’ by Omar Robles and Eduardo Esquivel.

Mention Mexican Documentary Feature Film

  • ‘La Mami’ by Laura Herrero Garvín.

Press Award

  • ‘ColoZio’ by Artemio Narro, Mexico.

Best International Fiction Short Film

  • ‘Recovery (Dummy)’ de Lauryn Bareisa

Best Mexican Short Film

  • ‘Carmina’ by Luis Flores Rábago, Mexico.

Best Mexican Documentary Short Film

  • ‘Expiatorio’ by Manuel Acuña.

Best International Documentary Feature Film

  • ‘Landfall’ by Cecilia Aldarondo.

Best International Documentary Short Film

  • ‘Unforgivable’ by Marlén Viñayo.

International Documentary Short Film Mention

  • ‘Douma Underground’ de Tim Alsiofi.

Best Experimental Short Film

Experimental Short Film Mention

  • ‘Serial Parallels’ de Max Hattler.

Best Animated Short Film

  • ‘Something to Remember’ by Niki Lindroth von Bahr.

Animation Short Film Mention

  • ‘100,000 Acres of Pine’ de la directora Jennifer Alice Wright.

Best Guanajuatense Short Film

  • ‘La Frontera’ by director Erika Oregel.

Best Narrative in Virtual Reality

  • ‘Amends’ de Mikkel Battefeld.

Best Visual Concept in Virtual Reality

  • ‘1st Step’ by Jörg Courtial.

Special Mention in Virtual Reality

  • ‘The Guardians’ by Hugh Hou.

SIGNIS Award for Best International Fiction Short Film

  • ‘White Eye’ del director Tomer Shushan.

SIGNIS Mention for International Fiction Short Film

  • ‘The last image of the father’, del realizador Stefan Djordjevic.

Vimeo Staff Pick Award

  • ‘Agua’, by the filmmaker Sergio Zermeño.

Best Feature Film Screenplay

  • ‘You already want to come the night’, by director Gabriel Mariño Garza.

Best Short Film Script

  • ‘The ears do not have eyelids’, by the director Alejandro Álvarez del Castillo.

Feature Film Script Mention

  • ‘Amor del malo’, by the filmmaker Jaime Muñoz Baena and González Montesinos.

Membership of a 50% discount on the acquisition cost of filming insurance

  • ‘The night already wants to come’, by director Gabriel Mariño Garza.

Chesmistry Award: Image Postproduction for the teaser

  • ‘Written on the skin’, by filmmaker Patricia Carrillo.

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