I just arrived in the beautiful town of San Miguel de Allende, where Robert Rodriguez filmed Once Upon A Time In Mexico and where the 16th Guanajuato International Film Festival (GIFF) kicks off tonight. The activities already began in the morning but the official opening film, Fruitvale Station, screens tonight, with director Ryan Coogler in person. So if you're in Guanajuato, these are some movie suggestions for a really terrific festival time!
Fruitvale Station July 19, 8 PM (San Miguel de Allende) & July 26, 8 PM (Guanajuato Capital)
The opening film of the festival is already a huge success with critics and audiences alike. It features The Wire’s Michael B. Jordan and won the Audience Award and Gran Jury Prize in Sundance, as well as the Prix d’Avenir d’Un Certain Regard at Cannes.
Sean Smithson highly recommended it in his review for Twitch; I quote the following:
"When I first heard that a film based on the shooting of Fruitvale, California resident Oscar Grant had been made, it set off an explosion of hopes and concerns for me. You see, I have a very close connection with the East Oakland neighborhood, having grown up there myself, kicking around those streets from my pre-teen years into my early 20's. Was this going to be an angry diatribe against The Man (in this case, a team of BART police, BART being the Bay Area Rapid Transit, our version of the subway), and a one dimensional rendering of "Da' Hood" like so many other films have been?