La Mirada Film Festival: Gael Garcia Bernal and Director Wes Anderson Confirmed as Guest Curators

The fabulous La Mirada Film Festival returns in November 2012 in a summery new date slot and with Cinema Nova joining the Australian Centre for the Moving Image (ACMI) as Festival locations, screening the best and most exciting new Spanish and Latin American films of the last twelve months plus a breathtaking selection of Spanish film classics selected by some of the world’s finest filmmakers.

La Mirada is delighted to announce that the idiosyncratic and brilliant director Wes Anderson (Fantastic Mr. Fox, Moonrise Kingdom), will be joining Mexican director and acclaimed actor Gael García Bernal (Babel, The Motorcycle Diaries) and lead singer of Swedish rock band The Hives, PelleAlmqvist as this year’s guest curators.

The lavish Opening Night Gala of La Mirada is already legendary and this year, to celebrate our sixth anniversary, festival director Rocio Garcia has obtained the unmissable comedic gem Extraterrestrial. Directed by Nacho Vigalondo, dubbed “The Woody Allen of Science-Fiction”, the rom com is about a one night stand, when the morning after’s surprises include a flying saucer hovering in the sky.

La Mirada is delighted to announce that Verónica Echegui, Alex Garcia, and John McInerny will be this year’s special guests. Three-time Goya Award nominee and winner of the 2012 Gaudí Award for Best Actress, the incandescent Echegui will attend opening night and screenings of new film, Kathmandu Lullaby, (Click here to see the trailer) and Half of Oscar followed by Q&As. One of Spain’s finest actors Alex Garcia will join the opening night celebrations and introduce Six Points About Emma (co starring Veronica Echegui) followed by a Q&A. Celebrated as Latin American’s best Elvis impersonator, John McInerny, will participate in Q&As for his poignant film, The Last Elvis and perform at the Closing Night Party following the screening of Game of Werewolves with an all star Australian band featuring Tim Rogers, You Am I’s Davey Lane and The Bowers’ Phil Bowers.

With legendary Spanish cinema auteur Pedro Almodóvar as its patron, La Mirada is unlike any other film festival. Pedro Almodóvar co programs the festival selecting five masterpieces for the ‘Almodóvar Presents’, classics section. Each year different international luminaries act as guest curators. La Mirada’s vibrant curators will share one of their favourite films from Spanish and Latin American filmmakers, offering a variety of stimulating perspectives on the intriguing world of Spanish language cinema.

La Mirada’s 2012 program include new releases, classics and documentaries, including many Australian premieres. Premiering at this year’s festival are The Wild Ones, an enthralling exploration of adolescence that follows three Catalan teens; the opening night Extra Terrestial, the inspiring Kathmandu Lullaby (DirIzíar Bollaín, starring Fest guest Verónica Echegui) set in Kathmandu, during the early 1990s; Mugaritz  BSO about Spain’s World Famous Mugaritz restaurant, and White Elephant a gripping drama by Acclaimed Argentinean director Pablo Trapero. Also not to be missed highlights include No, (Click here to see the trailer), an engrossing political drama about the power of persuasion depicting the 1988 downfall of Chilean dictator Augusto Pinochet, starring Gael Garcia Bernal and winner of the Cannes CICAE award and the breathtaking documentary, The Clay Diaries capturing the living art sculpture/performance piece conceived by Spanish artist Miquel Barcelo and performed by Barcelo and French choreographer Joseph Nadj.

The popular Spanish Cuisine and Film returnsto La Mirada Lounge with a feast of delectable tapas and Spanish food and wine before a screening of Mugaritz BSO. Following the screening of Miss Bala, the film specially chosen by this year’s guest curator Gael Garcia Bernal, La Mirada invites you to a Mexican Fiesta in Cinema Nova ́s bar and foyer, with tequila cocktails and traditional Mexican cuisine.

La Mirada is in a unique position to present the finest new films in the Spanish language thanks to official support from the Spanish, Argentinean, and Australian governments and their respective consulates and embassies, City of Melbourne, Film Victoria, as well as the Institute of Cinema and Audiovisual Arts in Spain and Argentina (ICAA and INCAA), Australian Centre for the Moving Image (ACMI), Cinema Nova, Victorian Multicultural Commission and the Agency for External International Cooperation for Development (AECID).

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