Los Cabos 2014: ScreenAnarchy Picks 10 Must See Films
Kicking off tonight with the Latin American premiere of Wild, the latest from Dallas Buyers Club director Jean-Marc Vallée, the third edition of Mexico's Los Cabos International Film Festival (CIFF) promises to be a fantastic way to end the year of festivals.
In 2014, Los Cabos renovated entirely its image - it was previously known as Baja Film Festival - and made an effort to secure the Mexican or Latin American premieres of some of the most anticipated films of the year. It's also important to mention that Los Cabos was recently affected by hurricane Odile and the festival is representing the city's recuperation.
This sure looks like their best edition yet, with homages to Denys Arcand, Atom Egoyan, Guillermo Arriaga, and Roger Ebert, prestige films like Boyhood and Mommy (with Xavier Dolan in person), a dose of genre filmmaking (i.e. the vampire comedy What We Do in the Shadows), and several movie stars visiting Los Cabos, such as Wild's Reese Witherspoon and The Captive's Rosario Dawson.
For those who will be attending the festival, I put together a list with 10 films that you just can't miss. As usual, the selection is mostly based on the extremely positive reaction that some of my ScreenAnarchy colleagues had when watching these films. Find more about each title in the gallery below (including links to full reviews).
Los Cabos 2014 takes place from November 12 to 16.
Boyhood (d. Richard Linklater, US) - November 15 (8 PM) & November 16 (12 PM)
Richard Linklater’s 12-year-in-the-making epic is absolutely one of the year’s finest films. We follow Mason (Ellar Coltrane) since he’s a 6-year-old kid until he leaves home to go to college. It could very well be called as another title from this list, Life Itself, because indeed, Boyhood is life itself.