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19th International Film Festival in Puerto Vallarta

If you are a film buff or just love films, don’t miss the 19th International Film Festival in Puerto Vallarta (FICPV).  This is the biggest annual film event in the destination and hugely contributes to the development of the film culture in the region. The festival runs for 12 consecutive days from March 11th to 22nd, 2020.  FICPV is organized by the University Center of the Coast (CUCosta) of the University of Guadalajara, Jalisco’s Government and the Ministry of Culture. This year the country of Chile will be the guest of honor. 

More than 50 national and international films have been selected to be shown during this year’s festival and will be projected in different locations free of charge. All screenings are open to the general public. The films will be divided into several sections including: Official, Academic, Senior, Environmental, Cross-border cinema, Short films, and Children. This year a new “Echoes of Havana” section has been added thanks to a link with the “International Festival of New Latin American Cinema in Havana.” Several actors and directors from Havana will be attending the festival with their films to be screened. 

Some of the FICPV venues where the films will be screened include:  

  • The Arches of the Malecón amphitheater – Malecón  
  • Lázaro Cárdenas park – Romantic Zone 
  • The Jazz Foundation – Allende 116, Centro, 
  • El Barracuda / El Solar – Paraguay 1290, December 5, 
  • Oscar’s restaurant – Isla Rio Cuale, Romantic Zone 
  • La Isla Shopping Village – Blvd. Francisco Medina Ascencio 2479, 

FICPV awards the “Iguana de Oro” or Golden Iguana medal to cinematic innovators who have made key contributions to the film industry. This year’s festival will be honored with the presence of multiple award-winning Mexican actress Blanca Guerra, film and television actress Diana Bracho, director of “The Mongolian Plot” Sebastián del Amo, and animation director of “The Shape of Water” Kevin Scott.  

One of the last screenings to close this 19th edition of the FICPV, will be “UHombre Gruñón” or A Grumpy Man by Swedish director Hannes Holm. It is based on bestselling novel “A Man Called Ove” by Frederik Backman. The film follows the story of Ove played by Rolf Lassgård. Ove is a recently widowed grumpy old man who frequently barks at the neighbors. It is a bittersweet story of love and how the kindness of a stranger can thaw the heart of a curmudgeon.  

During the festival, there will be other activities open to the public including lectures, workshops and book readings.  

Don’t miss your chance to enjoy great films in unique outdoor locations in beautiful Puerto Vallarta! 

For more detailed film listings, please go to the official website