Diego Luna wins prize at SxSW for "César Chávez"
Mexican filmmaker Diego Luna won the audience award at the Narrative Spotlight section at SxSW Music and Film Festival with his new film, César Chávez, that was premiered at Berlin Film Festival's official section; the 64th edition of the german festival included 18 foreign productions. This work, starred by Michael Peña, America Ferrera and John Malkovich, shows the struggles of César Chávez, human right activist and founder of the labor union known as the United Farm Workers, to organize the "braceros" (farm workers from Mexico) in California. Luna claimed to be very proud with the prize he won at Austin; "I hope that everyone who worked at the film share this emotion, because this is a special prize; we did the film hoping to find an audience that connected with the story", director said.
The film, with the musical supervision of Lynn Fainchtein, was premiered at an international gala on February 12th. Luna declared to Excelsior.com.mx that he was "very excited with the news; it's been three years working with this project and the chance of beginning the exhibition tour of César Chávez at Berlin is a great gift for all of us who have worked in it". The theatrical release in Mexico will be provided by Videocine on May.