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14 Feb 2014

Québec is guest of honour at Guadalajara International Film Festival

Christiane Pelchat, Québec's Delegate General in Mexico City, and Maka Kotto, Minister of Culture and Communications, on the left, with Francisco del Rio, Consul General, and Iván Trujillo-Bolio, Executive Director of the FICG, on the right.

Québec will be the guest of honour at the 29th Festival Internacional de Cine en Guadalajara (FICG) in Mexico.

This was announced today by Maka Kotto, Minister of Culture and Communications, at the Espacio México of the Consulate General of Mexico in Montreal in the presence of Francisco del Rio, Consul General, and Christiane Pelchat, Québec’s Delegate General in Mexico.

“Québec and Mexico have enjoyed over thirty years of productive relations, and culture has been a special area of focus in them. Choosing Québec as the guest of honour is important because it gives Québec filmmakers an opportunity to win over an audience and meet professionals from the Spanish-language film industry,” stated Minister Kotto.

Approximately sixty Québec films

The FICG will be held from March 21 to 30. The festival’s team selected the approximately sixty Québec films from all different categories to be screened, a selection that provides a decent overview of Québec’s recent film production.

Louise Archambault’s film Gabrielle will be shown during the opening of the festival.

The festival will also put filmmaker Denis Côté in the spotlight by providing a retrospective of his work, including eight feature-length films.

In addition, the 10th anniversary of Wapikoni Mobile will be celebrated with a retrospective of fifteen short films.

“Québec stands out in the eyes of the world because of its unique culture and great creativity. Mexico is fertile ground in this sense, and Québec creators and artists have long enjoyed an appreciative and receptive audience there,” added Minister Jean-François Lisée.

This festival is a major cultural event not only in Mexico, but also in Latin America as a whole.

It is held in Guadalajara, capital of the State of Jalisco, Mexico’s economic and cultural hub. The FICG has featured a region or a country in the last few years.

Festival Internacional de Cine en Guadalajara (FICG)
Press release (list of Québec films at the end)
Québec Government Office in Mexico City

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