With One Exception, Cannes Snubs Latin America


The Cannes Film Festival has announced today the selection for its official competition and Un Certain Regard section for its 68th edition, mostly overlooking Latin America, as no film from the region made it to the official competition, and just only one Mexican production participating in the latter section. In the past decade, no Latin American films participated in the official selection in 2009 and 2011.

David Pablos’ sophomore production Las elegidas / The Chosen Ones will be the only Latin American entry representing Latin American at A Certain Regard section. Produced by Canana, The Chosen Ones is based on Jorge Volpi’s novel of the same name which focus on child prostitution in Mexico.

Born in Tijuana, Mexico, Pablos studied film at the Centro de Capacitación Cinematográfica (CCC) in Mexico City, and at Columbia University in New York. He won an Ariel Award for his short film La canción de los niños muertos / The Dead Children's Song in 2010. His debut feature film La vida después / The Life After premiered at the Venice Film Festival in 2013.

The 68th edition of the Cannes Film Festival will take place May 13-24 in France.