The lineup of FICUNAM 2014 is ready and things will kick off on February 27 with the Mexican premiere of one of the most anticipated films of the year: the final feature by animation master Miyazaki Hayao, The Wind Rises. This opening screening will be a free event, taking place in a downtown Mexico City public plaza (Santo Domingo) and being the one and only chance to watch The Wind Rises at FICUNAM (it will be released theatrically in Mexico later this year).
As ScreenAnarchy previously reported, Sono Sion's Why Don't You Play In Hell is another Japanese film that premieres in Mexico, as part of the festival's Strokes section (two showings are programmed) and as the annual drive-in movie.
Other highlights are Gianfranco Rosi's documentary Sacro GRA (winner of the Golden Lion at Venice 2013), Tsai Ming-Liang's Journey to the West, Federick Wiseman's At Berkeley, and Nobody's Daughter Haewon by Hong Sang-soo. Actually, Our Sunhi, another Hong Sang-soo film, will function as the closing one on the awards ceremony day (Thursday, March 6).
In terms of retrospectives, four directors are going to be honored this year: Alain Guiraudie, Gustavo Fontán, Harun Farocki, and Otar Iosseliani. To be honest, I don't know anything about them. Hell, most of FICUNAM's programming is completely unknown to me, but the whole point of a festival like this one is precisely to discover stuff (both new and old).
In the gallery below you can find the films that conform each and every section of FICUNAM 2014. Read on...
For schedule and additional information, visit the festival's official website.