Pop Goes The News — Canadian director Jean-Marc Vallée will be honoured next week at the Los Cabos International Film Festival in Mexico by actor Jared Leto.
The Quebec-born filmmaker’s latest, Demolition starring Jake Gyllenhaal, will open the festival on Nov. 11.
Vallée will be recognized at the fourth edition of the Los Cabos festival for his “exceptional career achievements.” Leto won an Oscar for his performance in Vallée’s Dallas Buyers Club.
Vallée’s film Wild opened last year’s festival and Dallas Buyers Club was the 2013 closing presentation.
Demolition, which debuted at the Toronto International Film Festival in September, also stars Naomi Watts and Chris Cooper.
As part of its tribute to Vallée, Los Cabos will also screen his 2005 film C.R.A.Z.Y. and 2011’s Café de Flore.
The B-Side program, which highlights films about music, includes Arcade Fire: The Reflektor Tapes. Kahlil Joseph’s documentary follows the making of the Montreal band’s hit album Reflektor.
Earlier, it was announced that Atom Egoyan’s Toronto-shot drama Remember, starring Christopher Plummer, Martin Landau and Dean Norris, will have a gala screening at the Los Cabos fest.
Also being shown is Ontario-born director Andrew Cividino’s Sleeping Giant and Les Êtres Chers (Our Loved Ones) by Montreal’s Anne Émond.
Three Canadian productions have been invited to take part in the Cabos Discovery platform, a forum for projects currently in development: Sunbathing in Hell by Montreal’s Sophie Deraspe; I’m Not a Bad Person by Vancouver’s Andrew Huculiak; and Merciful, a series for HBO Canada.
Running Nov. 11-15, the Los Cabos International Film Festival will feature 45 films, including four world premieres, 11 Latin American premieres and 19 Mexican premieres.
Among those scheduled to attend is actor Liam Neeson.
This post has been updated.