Vallee’s “Wild” opened last year’s festival and this year, the festival at the Mexican beach resort town opened with Jake Gyllenhaal-starrer “Demolition.”
Festival director Alonso Aguilar said Vallee’s films, including “Dallas Buyers Club” and “Young Victoria” represent a “cinema of possibilities,” with underdogs who are trying to find their happiness one of his key themes. That’s certainly the case with “Demolition,” in which Gyllenhaal plays a man who comes unhinged and must find his way back to equilibrium after a tragedy.
The leather-jacketed Leto said, “Jean-Marc Vallee changes things. He changed me — from a chronically unemployed actor into an award winner,” referring to his “Dallas Buyers Club” role. Vallee “reminds us that there is a unique beauty to behold that can change us forever,” Leto said.
“Tonight I feel like a hero,” said Vallee, who has been working in Hollywood for his last few films after starting his career in his native Quebec.
Thursday night, the fest’s gala screening is “Carol,” followed by Atom Egoyan’s “Remember” and “Steve Jobs.” The festival runs Nov. 11 to Nov. 15 in Baja California’s Cabo San Lucas.