The 33th annual Guadalajara Film Festival opens next week, bringing hundreds of films, industry professionals, press and public together in a week-long celebration of cinema.
The key players in the Latin American film industry come to Guadalajara each year to wheel and deal and review the latest films. This, far more than the infrequent red carpet appearance from a major celebrity, has cemented the success of the event, which runs this year from March 9-16.
Celebrity in the film world at the current moment, however, comes no bigger than hometown hero Guillermo del Toro, who this year will grace the festival to open a new movie theater named after him.
Whether the director of “The Shape of Water” will bring any glittering Oscars in his luggage on his trip back home is another matter – that will be decided March 4 at the Academy Awards in Los Angeles. Del Toro’s highly rated fantasy flick has garnered 13 nominations, including Best Director.