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2018 Festival Archive
In 2018, Tucson Cine Mexico played host to filmmakers Cristina Herrera Boìrquez (director, Etiqueta no rigurosa), Viviana Garciìa Besne (filmmaker/archivist, Santo contra cerebro del mal), Natalia Beristaìin (director, Los adioses), Diego Ros (director, El vigilante) and Beto Goìmez (director, Me gusta pero me asusta). We celebrated the opening of the festival with a reception at the Center for Creative Photography, ahead of our Arizona Premiere of Cristina Herrera Borquez's documentary Etiqueta No Rigurosa, presented with support from the UA Institute for LGBT Studies. TCM presented the US Premiere of Beto Goìmez's film Me gusta pero me asusta at a sold-out screening at the festival's home base - Harkins Tucson Spectrum 18 in South Tucson. Festival co-directors Vicky Westover and Carlos Gutieìrrez presented first-time director Diego Ros with the 2018 Tucson Cine Mexico Jaguar Award for Most Impressive Directorial Feature Debut for his outstanding thriller, El vigilante. At the Fox Tucson Theatre, TCM presented a special screening of the brand new digital restoration of Santo contra cerebro del mal. We celebrated the centennial of the iconic luchador's birth with cake from Dolce Pastello Cakes and a foot-stomping sound and visual pre-show by DJ Dirtyverbs aka Logan Phillips and Adam Cooper-Teraìn. Filmmaker/archivist Viviana Garciìa Besne was on hand to talk about her journey to restore this 1959 film - the first-ever film to feature the Masked One. The all-ages audience cheered the good guys and booed the baddies all the way through the film.
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