Ruizpalacios’ “Güeros” Wins the Main Competition Section at the Los Cabos International Film Festival

Alonso Ruizpalacios continues his winning ways…

The Mexican director and screenwriter’s latest film Güeros won the main competition section at the third edition of the Los Cabos International Film Festival.


Güeros, a road movie revolving around a trio of Mexican slackers, has found success on the festival circuit with wins in Berlin, Tribeca and most recently at Mexico’s Morelia festival.

In Los Cabos’ Mexico First section, the jury prize went to Arturo Gonzalez‘s Llevate Mis Amores, a portrait of Mexican women who provide food to U.S.-bound Central American migrants.

Special guests at the festival included Rosario Dawson (The Captive); Mexican directors Diego Luna (Chavez) and Guillermo Arriaga (The Burning Plain); and actors Ellar Coltrane and Lorelei Linklater, who were on hand for the closer Boyhood.

Among the deals announced in Los Cabos, director Mark Kassen (Puncture) will be helming Criminal Enterprise for Dummies. As for acquisitions, Cine Tren picked up Latin American distribution for Justin Benson‘s Spring and Germany’s Media Luna grabbed world rights to Internet Junkie.

The five-day event often turned political as actors and filmmakers used the stage to demand justice for the violent disappearance of 43 students in the southern state of Guerrero.

Los Cabos ran from Nov. 12-16. The annual event brings together industry people from the U.S., Canada and Mexico.

Yazpik to Headline Indie Film “The Jesuit”

José María Yazpik is heading south of the border for a thrilling revenge mission…

The 41-year-old Mexican actor has been cast as the lead in Alfonso Pineda Ulloa’s indie film The Jesuit.

José María Yazpik

Written bythe film centers on a man called “The Jesuit” who has been imprisoned for a crime he didn’t commit. When his wife is killed and his son kidnapped and taken to Mexico, he devises a dangerous plan to rescue his son and avenge his wife’s death.

Shannyn Sossamon will play the woman Yazpik’s character hires to masquerade as his wife during his revenge mission.

Yazpik, most recently starred in Diego Luna’s Abel and just finished work opposite Penelope Cruz in Pedro Almodóvar’s newly named comedy Brief Lovers.

His previous credits include Beverly Hills Chihuahua, The Burning Plain and Borderland.

The Jesuit is set to begin filming this month in Mexico.