You will be redirected back to your article in seconds

First Look at the 2018 Los Cabos Mexico Primero Section

MEXICO CITY —  Los Cabos Film Festival’s Mexico Primero section is intended to encourage and promote both up-and-coming and against-the-grain Mexican filmmakers.

Five films make up this year’s edition of Mexico Primero, spanning from intimate indie dramas to thrillers to fantasy and horror. Each film offers something unique to the slate, while sharing an almost mystical and auteur commonality. It’s safe to say that Mexico Primero is a singular competition in the world of Mexican cinema.

“Faust” is produced by Andrea Bussmann and famed Mexican director Nicolás Pereda, and directed by Bussmann herself, one of the only two female directors of Mexican films in main competitions at Los Cabos. The film already won her a special jury prize at Locarno’s Filmmakers of the Present. A modern, very Mexican, take on the traditional tale of good and evil, the story is told in a ‘70s style mocumentary format that is heavy on fantasy and storytelling.

“History Lessons,” produced by Un Beso, DELBA Producciones, Películas Santa Clara, Fosforescente and Labo Digital is directed by Marcelino Islas Hernández, a participant at 2010’s Venice International Critic’s Week with his film “Martha.” His latest turns on a middle-aged teacher battling a terminal illness who is struggling finding things in life to hold onto, until she becomes invested in a new, misunderstood student. Mexican stalwart Verónica Langer stars in the dramatic feature.

Andrés Kaiser’s “Feral,” produced by Cine Feral, skews darker than the rest of this year’s competition. Another mocumentary, this time featuring the now horror-standard found footage, “Feral” follows a defrocked priest who lives almost completely isolated in the Oaxaca wilderness with three “wild” children he claims to have found chained up in a local cave, who have lived their entire life without socialization or affection.

“No soy guapo,” shines a spotlight on Mexico’s Sonidero movement, a cultural phenomenon revolving around tropical rhythms, neon lights and dance moves. Two of the movement’s strongest defenders are forced to fight to protect their movement in the face of government legislation intended to stifle it. Feature is produced by La Furia Cine and directed by Joyce García.

“Storks,” directed by Heriberto Acosta and produced by Auki Kino and Cobrafilms, is an intimate story of two young friends who embark on a road trip when one of them receives positive results on a pregnancy test. An exploration of what it’s like to be young and able to ignore the seriousness of situation, “Storks” is built on heartwarming moments of young carefreeness, contrasted by moments of realization, responsibility and conflict.

The five participating films compete for one of four possible awards – two Art Kingdom Awards, the Fipresci Award and the Cinemex Audience Award, which will each be announced during the festival’s closing ceremony, on Saturday Nov. 10 in the costal Mexican resort.

The Los Cabos best film and audience awards come with purses of Pesos 300,000 ($15,000), and the Art Kingdom Award is made up of services valued at $14,000 to be used in the development of a trailer for the winning film.

 2018 Los Cabos México Primero

“Storks,” (Heriberto Acosta)

“History Lessons,” (Marcelino Islas)

“Faust,” (Andrea Bussmann)

“Feral,” (Andrés Káiser)

“Yo no soy guapo,” (Joyce García)

CREDIT: Los Cabos Film Festival
CREDIT: Los Cabos Film Festival

More Film

  • Black Panther Movie

    U.S. Movie Ticket Sales Rebounded 5.5% in 2018

    U.S. movie admissions rebounded 5.5% last year to 1.3 billion, a year after posting the lowest admissions number since 1995, the National Association of Theatre Owners (NATO) has reported. North American box office for the year surged 6.9% to $11.85 billion, NATO said Wednesday. That figure was in line with the estimate released at the [...]

  • Oscar Nomination for Short Film 'Detainment'

    Oscar Nomination for Short Film 'Detainment' Sparks Backlash in Britain

    Oscar-nominated short film “Detainment,” about a notorious real-life child abduction and murder, has sparked outrage in Britain from the victim’s mother and from thousands of petitioners demanding that the Academy Award nod be rescinded. The 30-minute film centers on the 1993 killing of 2-year-old James Bulger, one of the most shocking criminal cases in modern British [...]

  • Alfonso Cuaron's 'Roma' Companion Album to

    Alfonso Cuarón's New 'Roma' Album to Feature Beck, Patti Smith, El-P, T Bone Burnett

    Not to be outdone by Ariana Grande’s impending record news, filmmaker Alfonso Cuarón has announced the track list and release date for his new album, which, coincidentally, is also due Feb. 8. He’s the curator of “Music Inspired by the Film Roma,” which was already teased by a Billie Eilish track, and is now revealed [...]

  • The Beach Bum Trailer

    Watch: Matthew McConaughey Stars in Groovy New 'The Beach Bum' Trailer

    Matthew McConaughey takes on new levels of drug use in the latest trailer for “The Beach Bum.” True to the film’s title, the trailer opens on a trashy beach town stage where McConaughey’s character Moondog is waiting to accept some sort of musical award. “Before I accept whatever award it is they’re giving me today, [...]

  • SAG Awards Placeholder

    SAG Awards Unveils Presenters After Accusing Academy of 'Intimidation'

    The SAG Awards has unveiled its first round of presenters, including Lady Gaga, Bradley Cooper, Rami Malek, Chadwick Boseman, Adam Driver, Sam Elliott, and Constance Wu. Wednesday’s announcement comes two weeks after SAG-AFTRA accused the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences of intimidation in trying to limit actors from presenting on awards shows other [...]

  • Kevin Hart Fatherhood

    Kevin Hart Partnering With STX on Two Comedies (EXCLUSIVE)

    Kevin Hart is partnering with STXfilms to produce on a pair of comedy movies through his HartBeat Productions with an eye to star in both projects, Variety has learned exclusively. The announcement comes on the heels of Hart’s solid box office performance in “The Upside,” in which he co-stars with Bryan Cranston. STX’s comedic drama, co-produced [...]

  • Yalitza Aparicio as Cleo, Marco Graf

    Disruptor Netflix Joins Big Studios at the Table With MPAA Membership, Analysts Say

    Netflix is starting to look a lot like the media institutions it has been disrupting for years. In one fell swoop on Tuesday, the streaming giant racked up an impressive 15 Academy Award nominations, including a best picture nod for Alfonso Cuaron’s black-and-white, Spanish-language drama “Roma.” Hours later came official word that the company had [...]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content