The Cannes Film Festival announced this morning the final lineup additions to its 72nd edition which includes the world premiere of Chicuarotes by Mexican actor-director Gael García Bernal and La cordillera de los sueños by Chilean master documentarian Patricio Guzmán. Both Latin American films will be shown as special screenings, and not competing for the Palme d’Or.
“A full-fledged member of Mexico's exceptionally talented generation, a first-rate actor in films by Iñárritu and Cuarón, Gael García Bernal, along with Diego Luna, is a devotee of Cannes, where he was on the Jury in 2014. Chicuarotes is the actor's second feature film where he takes a deep dive into Mexican society with a story about teenagers that is an affectionate portrayal, continuing in Mexican cinema’s tradition to pay homage to its eternal country, film after film” says Cannes’ artistic director Thierry Frémaux in a statement.
Starring Benny Emmanuel, Leidi Gutiérrez, Dolores Heredia and Daniel Giménez Cacho, Chicuarotes is a dark comedy about two Mexico City teens looking to get rich.
“Patricio Guzmán left Chile more than 40 years ago when the military dictatorship took over the democratically-elected government, but he never stopped thinking about a country, a culture, and a place on the map that he never forgot. After covering the North in Nostalgia for the Light and the South in The Pearl Button, his shots get up-close with what he calls “the vast revealing backbone of Chile's past and recent history.” La Cordillera de los sueños is a visual poem, a historical inquiry, a cinematographic essay, and magnificent personal exercise in soul-searching” wrote Frémaux.
The 72nd edition of the Cannes Film Festival will take place May 14-25.