by Justin Porter Biel

The first full day of programming for the Los Cabos Film Festival is in the books. Wednesday was a packed day, full of industry events, social events, and of course, lots of films.

On the industry side, the majority of the events took place at ME Hotel on Cabo’s Medano Beach. The morning started off early with an “Industry Talks TV” event on the Beach Deck ad Me Hotel, where the signing of the agreement between Canada Media Fund & IMCINE took place. The first of the three “Meet Marts” followed and continued all afternoon, offering an opportunity for attendees to make connections with the most influential people in the industry. The morning ended with a series of “Industry Meetings” at the BMI restaurant and an “Industry Lunch” at Me’s Seaside restaurant. The industry attendees also had an opportunity to view a few notable “Work In Progress” (WIP Films), such as Bayoneta and Midnight Family, both of which screened at the Cinemex Platino.

The screenings heated up on Wednesday, offering a large variety of films for local audiences and festival attendees to check out. All the screenings took place at the Puerto Paraíso Mall’s Cinemex Theatre. All said the day offered 25 total films to watch, hailing from countries such as USA, Germany, France, Japan, United Kingdom, Mexico, Canada, Norway, Australia, Norway, Denmark, and Sweden.

There were many great films throughout the day. Notable USA films screened included Columbus, Golden Exits, and First Reformed. There were also many Mexico film premieres including Ayer Maravilla Fui, Los Días Más Oscuros De Nosotras, Mis Demonios Nunca Jararon and Soledad. Finally, as part of the tribute to renowned screenwriter and director Paul Schrader, there was a showing of Mishima: A Life In Four Chapters, a 1985 film by the acclaimed filmmaker.

As a day’s films wrapped up, there was a red carpet ceremony at the Pabellon Cultural center followed by a Gala Ceremony, leading up to the screening of the film Downsizing. Directed by Alexander Payne and starring Matt Damon and Christopher Waltz, Downsizing is a film about Norwegian scientists who discover how to shrink the human body down to 13cm to address the issues of global warming. In a twist of plot, the man who undergoes the transition, Paul Safranek, cares little about the environment and more about his chances for riches and fame.