Producer will receive Lifetime Achievement Award
The grand dame of Mexican producers carves yet another notch on her belt when she accepts Guadalajara’s Mayahuel de Plata Lifetime Achievement Award on March 10.Navarro’s illustrious career is closely linked to some of Mexico’s biggest names, most notably Alfonso Cuaron and Guillermo del Toro, the latter her partner at Tequila Gang. Her credits since 1973 include del Toro’s “Pan’s Labyrinth,” his ghost tale “The Devil’s Backbone” and his breakout pic “Cronos.” Arguably Mexico’s most international producer, Na-varro has also produced John Sayles’ “Men With Guns” and Chilean helmer Andres Wood’s “Loco Fever.” Her next project is “Rabia” by Ecuadorean helmer Sebastian Cordero, who first broke out with “Cronicas” in 2004, also co-produced by Tequila Gang. Pic is set to shoot in Spain in the summer. Other projects in development with Navarro include Cuaron’s untitled Mexican project and del Toro’s “3993.” “Bertha has been an invaluable mentor to us,” says thesp Barbara Mori, who stars in upcoming Tequila Gang co-production “Cosas insignificantes” (Insignificant Things) and has recently launched her own production shingle with partner Jose Maria Torre. “Stories and talent abound in Mexico, but problems remain, among them securing financing and distribution,” Navarro says. Festival, where Navarro served as director in 1996, will also launch Ana Cruz’s collection of interviews with her.