‘Room,’ ‘From Afar,’ ‘Tangerine’ Among Los Cabos Film Fest Selections

Baja California’s Los Cabos Film Festival has selected a mix of awards hopefuls, recent festival prizewinners and world premieres to screen in its official selection. Held in Cabo San Lucas, the fourth edition of the festival runs from Nov. 11 to 15.

The Competencia Los Cabos competition, which is made up of U.S., Mexican and Canadian films, will include Brie Larson starrer “Room,” which is already garnering Oscar buzz, Venice Golden Lion winner “From Afar,” iPhone-shot “Tangerine” and Sundance prizewinner “James White.”

Also screening in the Competencia selection, which includes a $15,000 prize, are Sebastian Silva’s “Nasty Baby,” Mexican films “Chronic,” which competed in Cannes and “A Monster With a Thousand Heads” and Canada’s “Our Loved Ones” and “Sleeping Giant,” a Toronto prizewinner.

The Mexico Primero section, which also awards at $15,000 prize, will include the Mexican premiere of Toronto entry “Semana Santa,” world premieres of Katina Medina Mora’s “Sabras que hacer conmigo” and Marcelino Islas’ “La Caridad,” David Pablos’ “Las elegidas,” which screened in Un Certain Regard, Locarno prizewinner “Te prometo anarquia” by Julio Hernández Cordón and “Almacenados” by Jack Zagha.

The previously announced closing night gala screening will be Michael Fassbender starrer “Steve Jobs,” screening on Nov. 14.

The winner of the inaugural Cinemex audience award will receive $10,000, while the films in the Mexico Primero selection will also compete for the FIPRESCI Award, the Art Kingdom Award an the $40,000 FOX+ Award.

Though the festival is still young, it draws a wide array of U.S. and international finance, production and sales executives for co-production and packaging meetings and workshops.

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