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Puerto Vallarta News NetworkEntertainment | December 2008 

5th Puerto Vallarta Film Festival
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The 5th Annual Puerto Vallarta Film Festival opens December 10 at Cinemark Plaza Caracol. For movie listings and show times, please visit VallartaFilmFestival.com.
Puerto Vallarta - Get ready for the best cinematic experience in town with the fifth edition of the Puerto Vallarta Film Festival, opening this coming Wednesday, December 10 at Cinemark Plaza Caracol.

For five consecutive days, the Puerto Vallarta Film Festival offers the local audiences a selection of some of the most anticipated Hollywood releases of the season, along with a section of environmental films featuring the latest documentaries from highly-praised filmmakers from around the globe.

Highlights for this year's Offical Selection include: Clint Eastwood's Changeling, a drama based on a real story starring Angelina Jolie; Ron Howard's political drama Frost/Nixon; Jonathan Demme's triumphal cinematic return Rachel Getting Married; as well as Appaloosa, the acclaimed western directed and starred by Ed Harris.

The Puerto Vallarta Film Festival is proud to present, as part of its 2008 Enviromental Section, four documentaries that have been raising both critics and audiences acclaim at major festivals worldwide:

Encounters at the End of the World, Werner Herzog's reflection on the relationship between man and Mother Nature; Papalotzin, an exciting film on the annual journey of the Monarch Butterflies from Canada to Mexico; Up the Yangtze, on China's industrial and commercial development seen through the eyes of a girl; and At the Edge of the World, a real-life adventure which becomes the most dramatic environmental campaign ever filmed.

As in previous years, the Environmental Section of the festival is sponsored in part by Cinemark, Corporativo Ambiental and the US Embassy. All films featured in this section will be free of charge to the public.

Tickets to all of the festival film screenings, including the opening and closing films, will be $42 pesos, and may be purchased beginning Monday, December 8th, 2008 at the Cinemark box offices in Plaza Caracol.

For more information on hours and updates, please visit the official website: VallartaFilmFestival.com.

Guest Stars and Celebrities

As with any other cinema-related event in the world, the Puerto Vallarta Film Festival also offers you a great opportunity to be close to your favorite TV and movie stars as it welcomes a wide variety of well-known guest celebrities from both the US and Mexican film industries.

Among those who have attended the festival in the past four years are: Academy Award winner, Helen Hunt; Academy Award winner, Anjelica Huston; Academy Award nominee for Best Cinematography, John Bailey; cult film director, Roger Corman; renowned Mexican director, Alfonso Cuaron; Mexican heartthrob, Diego Luna; Mexican-American comedian, Paul Rodriguez; among many others.

The Puerto Vallarta Film Festival also honors Best Director, Best Actor, and Best Actress for those movies included in the Official Selection, and awards them with a hand-made sculpture by Mexican artist Sergio Bustamante, created specifically for the event.

This year, the film festival will be introducing the first annual "Roger Corman Independent Icon" Award as a tribute to cult director Roger Corman. The festival has honored Mr. Corman in the past and now the fest is presenting an award in his name for a maverick independent filmmaker.

For a list of guest celebrities attending to this year's film festival please visit the official website: VallartaFilmFestival.com.

The Puerto Vallarta Film Festival is carried out with the support of almost 30 sponsors, including the US Embassy, Plaza Caracol, Cinemark, Paradise Village Group, Grand Velas Resort, Marriot CasaMagna hotel, Four Seasons Punta Mita Resort, St. Regis hotel, Icon, Kodak, among many others.



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