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Latin American Cine Shines at the SF International
by Adrian Carrasco Zanini
Shot from 'All of Me', by Arturo Gonzalez Villaseñor, about the women who supply the migrants traveling on 'The Beast'. photo: courtesy A. Villaseñor,
ALTHOUGH THE SAN FRANCISCO INTER-
national Film Festival, which ended in May, usually includes a respectable selection of Latin American films, this year was something extra: the festival’s Irving M. Levin Directing Award went to Mexican director Guillermo del Toro for his outstanding—and notably trendy—body of work.
Indeed, del Toro is part of the Mexican brat pack of cinema masters who began invading screens worldwide, as well as Hollywood, in 2000 starting with Alejandro González Iñárritu’s “Amores Perros”.
Del Toro told a full house at SF’s premier Castro Theater, in a lively tête-à-tête with festival director Noah Cowan, about his passions and what inspires his work, which now includes the classic “Chronos” (1993), the three-Oscar winner “Pan’s Labyrinth” (2006), “Blade II” (2002), “Hellboy” (2004) and “Pacific Rim” (2013).
Del Toro also spoke about his upcoming “Crimson Peak” and provided the enthusiastic audience with a sneak preview of the soon-to-be-finished film.
The evening closed with a screening of “The Devil’s Backbone” (2001), his horror film about a child growing up in an orphanage and learning to survive in the constant presence of death during the Spanish Civil War. Spoiler Alert: ideals and morality prevail in the
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