Tatiana Maslany stars in 2 movies selected by Los Cabos Film Festival

Pop Goes The News — Acclaimed Canadian actress Tatiana Maslany will be the star of next month’s Los Cabos Film Festival.

The 31-year-old Regina native, who stars won an Emmy Award in September for her work on the Toronto-shot series Orphan Black, has two films in competition at the festival — Kim Nguyen’s Two Lovers and a Bear and Joey Klein’s The Other Half.

The fifth edition of the Los Cabos Film Festival, on the southern tip of Mexico’s Baja California peninsula, takes place Nov. 9 to 13. The official selections were announced Oct. 11.

It’s not yet known if Maslany will attend.

Her two films are among nine chosen to compete for a cash prize worth about $14,000 CAD.

Two Lovers and a Bear, which also stars Dane DeHaan and Canadian veteran Canadian actor Gordon Pinsent, was shot almost entirely in Nunavut. It premiered at Cannes in May and has since been screened at festivals in Toronto, Halifax, Calgary, Sudbury and in Brazil.

The film is currently playing at select cinemas in Canada.

The Other Half debuted last March at the SXSW Film Festival and has been shown at festivals in Chicago, Sudbury, Halifax and Vancouver.

Filmed in Toronto, it co-stars Tom Cullen and Montreal-born actor Henry Czerny.

Also in competition at Los Cabos is Operation Avalanche, a Toronto-shot film that premiered last January at Sundance before doing the worldwide festival circuit.

A Canada-U.S. co-production, Operation Avalanche was directed and co-written by Matt Johnson, who also stars in the film.

The Canadian entries are up against American Honey, Christine, Donald Cried, Porto, Soy Nero and The Untamed.

In the Mexico Primero programme at the the Los Cabos Film Festival, Juan Andrés Arango’ X500 will have its Latin American premiere and compete against five other films for several awards.

A Canada-Mexico-Colombia co-production, it was partly filmed in Montreal. The movie has been screened at the Toronto and Zurich film festivals.

The Los Cabos Film Festival will also feature screenings of Lion starring Nicole Kidman, Jackie starring Natalie Portman, Woody Allen’s Café Society, Little Men with Alfred Molina, and Morris From America starring Craig Robinson.

The closing night film is Matt Ross’ Captain Fantastic starring Viggo Mortensen.

For more information on the Los Cabos Film Festival, click here.

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