The annual Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) took place during the second week of September with the screening of 320 international films, of which 9 featured Mexican involvement: 5 Mexican productions or co-productions, 2 shorts, and 2 other films with Mexican actors.
Monserrat Sánchez, Director of International Events and Projects at the Mexican Institute of Cinematography (IMCINE), participated in the festival’s opening events, and offered a reception on September 11 to celebrate Mexico’s participation in this year’s TIFF.
At the reception, Consul General Porfirio Thierry Muñoz Ledo remarked that culture takes on various forms in different times and places, and that the diversity of cultural expression is evident in the originality and multiplicity of national and ethnic identities.
He also noted that Mexico and Canada have a firm commitment to the protection and promotion of cultural diversity and, in terms of cultural industries, both countries recognize the exceptional value of the world’s cinematic heritage.
The Consul General stressed that the presence of Mexican films and, this year, of directors and actors originating from our country, reflected a recognition of the talent and creativity of Mexicans and their valuable contributions to the international film industry.
The TIFF invited Mexican actor Gael García Bernal this year to give a talk on his career and his involvement in the film If You Saw His Heart, as well as director Michel Franco to the screening of his film Las Hijas de Abril (April’s Daughter).
The prestigious international festival also welcomed the Mexican producer Jessica Beshir to its Talent Lab program, where she had the opportunity to interact with independent filmmakers, as well as with young directors and international screenwriters.
The Mexican content featured this year was: Las Hijas de Abril by Michel Franco; Zama by the directors Pablo Cruz, Gael García Bernal, Diego Luna, and Angelissa Stein; Guillermo del Toro’s The Shape of Water; Joan Chemla’s If You Saw His Heart starring Gael García Bernal; Alfonso Gómez Rejón’s The Current War; Manuel Martin Cuenca’s El Autor; La Cordillera starring Daniel Giménez Cacho, and; Ivete Lucas’s Roadside Attraction.