“A New Generation of Actors and Actresses in Mexico”
The 12th FICM presents the program “A New Generation of Actors and Actresses in Mexico,” which will be coordinated by its Special Guest, Lina Todd.
This is the first time that FICM has been involved in this project, whose aim is to highlight the artistic achievements of a select group of young Mexican actors and actresses, offering them the opportunity to interact with great personalities of the national and international film industry. The goal is to provide a comprehensive, educational and interactive program that offers new creative and professional possibilities.
Lina Todd, project coordinator, is a casting director, producer and program director at various festivals around the world. She is part of the selection committee for the International Jury of the Berlin International Film Festival, Berlinale, where she has been a mentor and jury member of the Shooting Stars program, produced by the film organization European Film Promotion (EFP), for more than 10 years. This project, similar to the one that she will conduct at FICM, includes a series of events to promote the careers of emerging actors. Rachel Weisz, Daniel Craig, Carey Mulligan, Eduardo Noriega, Elena Anaya, Daniel Brühl and Matthias Schoenaert are some of the personalities who have been part of Shooting Stars.
Lina Todd has also put in the international spotlight actors such as Jessica Chastain, Rooney Mara, Alexander Skarsgård, Emma Stone, Taylor Kitsch, Emily Blunt and Oscar Jaenada, who recently played the part of Cantinflas in the film of the same name by Sebastián del Amo.
Commenting on her invitation to direct the program in Mexico, Todd said, “I want to thank Daniela Michel and FICM for creating this dynamic and visionary project with me, for recognizing its importance and for attracting international attention to these very special actors and actresses. We believe that this unique program will be enriched and benefit from the enormous energy of the festival.”
The program, “A New Generation of Actors and Actresses in Mexico” includes five performers whose work is of great importance in the current Mexican cinema. These figures, listed below, are in films in competition or in movies that will premiere at the 12th FICM.
- Irene Azuela, who is in the feature film in competition Las oscuras primaveras(2014) by Ernesto Contreras
- Sofía Espinosa, who is in the feature film Gloria(2014) by Christian Keller that will premiere nationally
- Tenoch Huerta, who is in the feature film in competition Güeros(2014) by Alonso Ruizpalacios and the feature film El más buscado (2014) by José Manuel Cravioto
- Luis Gerardo Méndez, who is in the feature film Elvira, te daría mi vida pero la estoy usando (2014) by Manolo Caro that will premiere nationally
- Ilse Salas, who is in the feature film in competition Güeros (2014) by Alonso Ruizpalacios
In addition, renowned Mexican actor Daniel Giménez Cacho will participate in the program. He is the padrino of the project and will also be a jury member of the Mexican Feature Section of the 12th FICM.
Among the activities of the program “A New Generation of Actors and Actresses in Mexico,” there will be a press conference with Daniela Michel, FICM general director; Lina Todd, Special Guest and program coordinator; Daniel Giménez Cacho, padrino of the program; and the five participating actors and actresses. This event will be open to the public and will be held on Wednesday, October 22, at 4:15 pm at the Teatro José Rubén Romero, Morelia Centro.