Saturday, March 1, 2014

Riviera Maya Film Festival 2014

"El Cine Nos Une"..."Film Unites Us", the theme of the 2014 edition of the Riviera Maya Film Festival is all about bringing people together to share in the art of cinema. For years people have complained about a lack of culture in Cancun, but that is rapidly changing as projects like the RMFF continue to grow and experience success. This is the third year for the festival and it just keeps getting better and better, providing a world-class cinematic experience for the residents and visitors of Cancun and the Riviera Maya.

The 2014 festival kicks off on March 9 and runs until March 15 in Cancun, Puerto Morelos, Playa del Carmen and Tulum. The films will be screened on the beach, in public parks, in cinemas and at their own drive-in. What? That's right, dig your toes in the sand while you enjoy the Latin American premiere of Lars Von Trier's "Nymphomaniac", the long-awaited film "Hard to be a God" from the late Russian director Aleksei German, "Why Don't You Play in Hell?" from Japanese director Sion Sono or "Oldboy" the Spike Lee remake of a South Korean cult film. 

The Riviera Maya Film Festival is not only bringing international films to the region, but is celebrating Mexican film makers and new artists. They support new talent in the "RivieraLab" program, showcasing up and comers and assisting them in getting their projects made and seen. Past participants of the program have gone on to find success in other arenas and it is a real pleasure to see a local festival encouraging and assisting new talent.

I am eager to get out and enjoy a cinematic experience, I invite all local residents and people visiting during this time to come out and do the same. The events are FREE (yes, free!), please check out the RMFF 2014 Facebook page or website for details of screening times and locations. See you at the movies (I'll bring popcorn).

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