Guadalajara Fest Opens with ‘Asteroid City,’ Debuts Series Showcase

Wes Anderson’s “Asteroid City,” contemporary from its triumphant world premiere on the Cannes fest, opens the thirty eighth Guadalajara Film Festival (FICG) which touts new sections this yr, together with a branded collection showcase and midnight screenings of Italian fright maestro Dario Argento’s horror movies.

Eva Longoria’s function directorial debut, “Flamin’ Hot,” which had its West Coast premiere on the LA Latino Film Festival (LALIFF) May 31, marks its Mexican debut on the fest.

The Series Showcase contains Patricia Martinez’s fact-based “La Narcosatánica,” which can stream on the rebranded Max, and Maite Alberdi’s “Libre de reir,” a Gato Grande manufacturing, which facilities on inmates in a Mexican jail who enroll in a stand-up comedy workshop. Alberdi’s Sundance-winning docu “The Eternal Memory” additionally vies for a prize within the competition’s documentary sidebar.

According to competition director Estrella Araiza, the competition has recovered its funding and can display screen a complete of 170 movies on this version. “Documentaries are very strong and prolific this year but the fiction films are just as good and varied,” she stated.

FICG’s fast-expanding animation part is highlighted by the screening of the acclaimed “Black is Beltza II: Ainho,” Fermin Muguruza’s deep dive into Basque tradition and the independence actions of ‘80s Spain. Rising Mexican animation talent Rita Basulto screens her short “Humo” in the festival’s Premio Rigo Mora sidebar which awards the winner with 200,000 Mexican pesos ($11,000+) and a statuette. The winner is eligible for consideration within the Academy Awards’ animated quick movie class.

Jesse Garcia and Dennis Haysbert in FLAMIN’ HOT. Photo by Anna Kooris. Courtesy of Searchlight Pictures. © 2023 twentieth Century Studios All Rights Reserved.
Anna Kooris / Courtesy of Searchlight pcitures

The competition pays homage to its late founder and chairman of the board of Trustees, Raul Padilla, with numerous occasions, together with the exhibit “Peninsula, Views of a Mexican traveler through Italy,” a retrospective of movies that he supported, an exhibition of portraits and “Letters to Raúl,” an open house to share reminiscences. The Premio Maguey “M” award can even be devoted to him.

Lorena Padilla’s soulful “Martinez,” which shot in Jalisco, competes in each the Made in Jalisco in addition to the primary Premio Mezcal sections. Sold by Paris-based Luxbox, “Martinez” first screened on the competition’s pix-in-post showcase, Guadalajara Construye. 

The Premio Mezcal additionally takes in Sofia Auza’s debut function “Adolfo,” a Berlin Generation 14plus winner, and David Zonana’s well-reviewed navy academy drama-thriller “Heroic.”


Aside from “Flamin’ Hot,” different movies marked by galas are Berlin winner “20,000 Species of Bees by Spain’s Estibaliz Urresola, “Strays” by Josh Greenbaum and “When you Finish Saving the World” by Jesse Eisenberg.

Italy is the Country of Honor for the third time, with helmer-scribe Paolo Genovese (“Perfect Strangers”) serving as a juror and delivering a Master Class together with Roberto Perpignani whose stellar enhancing credit embody Bernardo Bertolucci’s “Last Tango in Paris” and Orson Welles’ “The Trial.”

This version sees the return of Italian Screens, a showcase of the most effective of Italian cinema overseas.

FICG 2023 runs June 3 – 9.




“Adolfo,” Sofía Auza (México, U.S.)

“Amor y matemáticas,” Claudia Sainte-Luce (México)

“Heroico,” David Zonana (México, Sweden)

“Martínez,” Lorena Padilla (México)

“Mujeres del alba,” Jimena Montemayor Loyo (México)

“Rabia,” Jorge Michel Grau (México)


“Ch’ul be, senda sagrada,” Humberto Gómez Pérez (México)

“La frontera invisible,” Mariana Flores Villalba (México)

“Kenya,” Gisela Delgadillo (México)

“Toshkua,” Ludovic Bonleux (México, U.S., France)

“Una jauría llamada Ernesto,” Everardo González (México)


 “20,000 especies de abejas,” Estibaliz Urresola Solaguren (Spain)

“Almamula,” Juan Sebastián Torales (Argentina, France, Italy)

“Las buenas compañías,” Silvia Munt (Spain, France)

“Diógenes,” Leonardo Barbuy La Torre (Peru, France, Colombia)

“Great Yarmouth – Provisional Figures,” Marco Martins (Portugal, UK, France)

“Las hijas,” Kattia G. Zúñiga (Panama, Chile)

“La pecera,” Glorimar Marrero-Sánchez (U.S., Puerto Rico, Spain)

“La piel pulpo,” Ana Cristina Barragán (Ecuador, México, Greece, Germany, France, Italy)

“Tengo sueños eléctricos,” Valentina Maurel (Belgium, France, Costa Rica)


“Ara La Llum Cau Vertical,” Efthymia Zymvragaki (Spain, Germany, Italy, Netherlands)

“Los Bilbao,” Pedro Speroni (Argentina)

“El castillo,” Martín Benchimol (Argentina, France)

“Fauna,” Pau Faus (Spain)

“Isla Alien,” Cristóbal Valenzuela Berrios (Italy, Chile)

“Llamadas desde Moscú,” Luis Alejandro Yero (Cuba, Germany, Norway)

“La memoria infinita,” Maite Alberdi (Chile)

“Notas para una película,” Ignacio Agüero (Chile, France)

“O auto das ánimas,” Pablo Lago Dantas (Spain)

“Samuel y la luz,” Vinícius Girnys (France, Brazil)


“20,000 especies de abejas,” Estibaliz Urresola Solaguren (Spain)

“Almamula,” Juan Sebastián Torales (Argentina, France, Italy)

“Las buenas compañías,” Silvia Munt (Spain, France)

“El castillo,” Martín Benchimol (Argentina, France)

“Cross Dreamers,” Soledad Velasco (Argentina)

“Desperté con un sueño,” Pablo Solarz (Argentina, Uruguay)

“In Bed,” Nitzan Gilady (Israel)

“Kenya,” Gisela Delgadillo (México)

“Kokomo City,” D. Smith (U.S.)

“Little Richard: I Am Everything,” Lisa Cortés (U.S.)

“Liuben,” Venci D. Kostov (Bulgaria, Spain)

“Llamadas desde Moscú,” Luis Alejandro Yero (Cuba, Germany, Norway)

“Medusa Deluxe,” Thomas Hardiman (U.Okay.)

“Mutt,” Vuk Lungulov-Klotz (U.S.)

“Passages,” Ira Sachs (France)

“Till the End of the Night,” Christoph Hochhäusler (Germany) 


 “Art College 1994,” Liu Jian (China)

“Black is Beltza II: Ainhoa,” Fermín Muguruza (Spain, Argentina)

“Blind Willow, Sleeping Woman,” Pierre Földes (France, Canada, Netherlands, Luxembourg)

“Chicken for Linda,” Chiara Malta, Sébastien Laudenbach (France, Italy)

“Little Nicholas – Happy as Can Be,” Amandine Fredon, Benjamin Massoubre (France, Luxembourg)

“No Dogs or Italians Allowed,” Alain Ughetto (France, Switzerland, Italy, Bélgium, Portugal)

“Un reino para todos nosotros,” Miguel Ángel Uriegas (México)


“La Narcosatánica,” Patricia Martinez (Mexico)

“Libre de reír,” Maite Alberdi (México); two episodes

“El show,” Diego Enrique Osorno (México)

“La vida de nosotras,” Bárbara Barrera Morales (Chile)

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