Festival organisers have unveiled the line-up at Mexico’s third annual Riviera Maya Film Festival, set to run in in Cancun, Puerto Morelos, Playa del Carmen and Tulum from March 9-15.

Patrice Leconte’s A Promise, Richard Ayoade’s The Double and Lars von Trier’s Nymphomaniac: Volume 1 & Volume 2 are among the international selections.

All in all more than 50 films will screen at the festival, which includes three juried awards in the Mexican Platform section, the RivieraLAB/Co-production Forum and the RivieraLAB/Work in Progress programme.

The festival will award 1.5m MXN prize money (approximately $1.5m) in total.

The film selection includes Kelly Reichardt’s Night Moves, Hitoshi Matsu’s R100, Wang Bing’s Til Madness Do Us Apart and Shion Sono’s Why Don´t You Play in Hell?

“In our third edition, we want to continue working towards the promotion and distribution of the film industry, bringing it to the largest possible audience,” said festival director Paula Chaurand.

“Under the motto ‘Cinema Unites Us’ we would like to create a sense of appropriation that involves the residents of the Riviera Maya as well as its visitors.”

“Due to the quality level of the submissions, it was hard to narrow the number of participating projects this year,” said Maximiliano Cruz, coordinator of the Mexican Platform. “The international committee chose projects that reflect the cinematic contrasts of various national cultures.”

“This year, 82 films from 18 countries have been submitted to the Co-production Forum and 71 films from 20 countries to the Work-in-Progress section,” said RivieraLAB director Sandra Gómez.

“These competitive sections are made for film projects looking for international funding and co-production aid as well as for sale agents and distribution to begin their promotion.”n

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