×

Mexico’s Morelia Fest to Host Berlinale Spotlight

Event marks one of the cultural highlights in the 2016-17 Germany-Mexico Dual Year

Mexico’s 14th Morelia Film Festival will host a Berlinale Spotlight as part of the  2016-17 Germany-Mexico Dual Year, a bilateral initiative promoting exchange in the arts and creative industries as well as trade, tourism, education, science and innovation.

The program comprises 10 films from February’s Berlinale, the retrospective “Germany 1966 – Redefining Cinema,” and a focus on German classic films. In addition, there will be presentations of Berlinale initiatives such as World Cinema Fund and Berlinale Talents.

Jointly curated by the Morelia and the Berlin Festivals, the event is backed by the Goethe-Institut.

“This initiative not only provides our audiences with the chance to see new and exciting international works, but also strengthen the relationship between our festivals, our countries and our cinematographies,” said Morelia fest director Daniela Michel.

Launched with the backing of Mexican exhibition chain Cinepolis, Morelia has built fast as a showcase for its new wave of directors and maintains a new talent focus through a strong short film program, accompanying its feature film sections.  It is also an outstanding example of how festivals are looking to collaborate across international borders in order to pursue their common goal of promoting quality films for audiences avid, at least in a festival context, to broaden their experience of movies.

More than any other festival in Latin America, Morelia has also built strong links with Europe’s biggest film events. Cannes head Thierry Fremaux, a frequent fest guest, stepped in to open its 13th festival, delivering a speech about Guillermo del Toro before a screening of “Crimson Peak.”A program of Morelia shorts also play at Cannes Critics’ Week. In 2015, Morelia and Switzerland’s Locarno Festival teamed to launch a training initiative, the Locarno Industry Academy International in Morelia, targeting six young Mexican distribution and exhibition executives.

The Germany-Mexico Dual Year kicked-off in Germany on April 11 with the state visit to Germany of Mexican president Enrique Peña Nieto; It continued June 6, with foreign minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier’s visit to Mexico.

The Berlin Festival’s European Film Market, the second biggest film market in Europe, announced in May that Mexico will inaugurate its new Country in Focus program, which kicks off next year.

The 14th Morelia Intl. Film Festival runs Oct. 21-30.

John Hopewell contributed to this article

More Film

  • Clark Gable III

    Clark Gable's Grandson, Who Hosted 'Cheaters,' Found Dead at 30

    Clark Gable’s grandson, Clark Gable III, died on Friday morning at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital in Dallas, Variety confirmed with the Dallas County Medical Examiner’s Office. He was 30. “It’s is with an extremely heavy heart we say goodbye to my beautiful son Clark,” his mother wrote on Instagram. “He passed this morning. I will always [...]

  • You Were Never Really Here If

    Film Independent's Spirit Awards Fly the Flag for Indie Film

    As the 2018 awards season marches slowly into its final days, only a handful of honors remain undistributed after some of the most volatile and contentious campaigns in years. Front-runners have come and gone in one major category after the next, as each guild and critics group announced different winners than its predecessors, demolishing expectations [...]

  • A Quiet Place

    John Krasinski Returning to Direct 'A Quiet Place' Sequel

    John Krasinski is returning to direct the untitled sequel to Paramount’s horror hit “A Quiet Place.” Krasinski revealed the news Friday via an Instagram post that said “…time to go back. #PartII 5-15-20”; the post showed the red lights that became synonymous with the alien threats in the first movie. “A Quiet Place” starred Krasinski, Emily [...]

  • Red Carpet Guide to the Bowtie

    Five Tips to a Perfect Bow Tie on Oscar Night

    Warren Alfie Baker is always on the hunt for just the right bow tie. He’s a Hollywood stylist who helps keep such clients as Lucas Hedges, Norman Reedus and Harry Shum Jr. looking sharp. “It seems like the easiest thing to sort out, but so many mistakes can be made,” Baker tells Variety. And the [...]

  • Francois Ozon's 'The Grace Of God'

    Francois Ozon's 'By The Grace Of God' Delivers Strong B.O. Opening in France

    Rolling off its triumph at the Berlin Film Festival where it won the Silver Bear, François Ozon’s Catholic church sexual abuse drama By “The Grace Of God” had a strong theatrical bow in France where it sold nearly 50,000 tickets on 290 screens on Feb. 20, its first day out One of the best opening [...]

  • David Oyelowo Peter Rabbit 2

    David Oyelowo Joins the Cast of Sony's 'Peter Rabbit' Sequel (EXCLUSIVE)

    Golden Globe nominee David Oyelowo is set to join the cast of Sony Pictures’ “Peter Rabbit 2,” the live-action hybrid sequel to the 2018 family hit, sources tell Variety. He joins Rose Byrne and Domhnall Gleeson, who are returning from the first film, as is James Corden in the voice of the mischievous Peter Rabbit. [...]

  • Luke Wilson Zombieland 2

    Luke Wilson Joins 'Zombieland' Sequel (EXCLUSIVE)

    Luke Wilson is set to join the ensemble of the upcoming “Zombieland” sequel, sources tell Variety. Wilson will star alongside Woody Harrelson, Jesse Eisenberg, Emma Stone, and Abigail Breslin in “Zombieland 2.” As previously reported, Zoey Deutch, Thomas Middleditch, and Rosario Dawson are also boarding the cast. In the sequel, the zombie slayers must face [...]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content