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GUADALAJARA, Mexico — Mexican director-writer Issa Lopez was sitting in the audience during Guillermo del Toro’s second of three master classes at the Guadalajara Int’l Film Festival, when the recent Oscar winner revealed that he planned to produce the next films of two women helmers over the next two years: Animator Karla Castaneda and Lopez.
“You should have seen my face when he mentioned my name,” she told Variety.
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Castaneda, whose stop-motion animated short “Jacinta” won at the 2008 Guadalajara fest and who took the Mexican Oscar equivalent, the Ariel, for her second stop-motion animated short, “La Noria,” in 2013, is working on her feature debut in the same medium. Del Toro is planning on providing further impetus to the animation film industry in Mexico.
Lopez began as a writer of hit Mexican romcoms such as Disney’s “Ladies Night,” and Columbia Pictures’ “Casi Divas,” which she also directed, and then made a surprising turn to genre filmmaking last year with the critically acclaimed “Tigers are Not Afraid” (“Vuelven”), which counts on Stephen King and Del Toro among its fans. She was also a co-scribe on Gabriel Ripstein’s 2015 Berlinale Best First Feature winner, “600 Miles,” which deals with the less frothy themes of cross-border drugs and weapons smuggling.
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Written and directed by Lopez, “Tigers” debuted at the Fantastic Fest 2017 where she became the first woman – and Mexican – to win the Best Horror Feature director award. It also made a sweep of the major awards at Screamfest 2017,...
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