Photo: Demian Bichir
Mexican actor Demian Bichir will be honored on Sept. 5 at Hollywood’s Egyptian Theatre during the 4th Guadalajara International Film Festival in Los Angeles, or FICG in LA, organizers said.
Bichir, who was nominated for an Oscar for his role as a Los Angeles landscaper in “A Better Life,” will receive one of the four Arbol de la Vida prizes.
The actor is a “key force” when it comes to getting Latino talent recognized, and he is a “friend of Mexico and of the festival in Guadalajara,” FICG in LA producer and director Hebe Tabachnik said.
FICG in LA will also honor Univision reporters Ruben Luengas and Gabriela Teissier, as well as the National Association of Latino Independent Producers, or NALIP.
FICG in LA, one of whose sponsors is Univision, will open on Sept. 4 for film industry professionals, who will be able to attend screenings of projects that are in development.
The festival will open to the public on Friday, Sept. 5, with a screeing of Catalina Aguilar’s “Las Horas Contigo.”
“Las Horas Contigo” won the International Federation of Film Critics Prize at the last Guadalajara International Film Festival.
Actresses Isela Vega and Maria Rojo, who starred in the film, will attend the FICG in LA screening of the movie, which is making its U.S. debut at the festival.
A dozen feature films will be shown at the Sept. 5-7 festival, with Jack Zagha’s “En el Ultimo Trago” closing the event.