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Brendan Fraser’s The Whale Will Headline Los Cabos Film Festival

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The 11th annual Los Cabos Film Festival will take place in person this year from November 9th – 13th after the two previous events were held virtually and hybrid due to the Coronavirus pandemic. The festival showcases Mexican, American, and Canadian films with the goal being to share cultures and create a discussion between three distinct film industries in hopes of collaboration on projects in the future.

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This year, Oscar hopeful The Whale will headline the film festival’s inaugural gala. The movie stars Brendan Fraser, famous for films such as The Mummy, Journey to the Center of the Earth, and other blockbuster hits from the late 1990s to mid-2000s, along with Fraser and Sadie Kink (Stranger Things), who plays the lead support role in the film. 

The Whale recently gained internet fame when a video went viral of Brendan Fraser being brought to tears when the movie received a standing ovation during this year’s Venice Film Festival. The film is considered one of the most anticipated of the year, receiving rave reviews and being rumored as a shoe-in nominee for multiple academy awards. The Los Cabos Film Festival will be only the second time it will be shown in North America and will be released to the public on December 9th. 

Overview Of The Whale

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“Charlie (Brendan Fraser), an online teacher, goes home after gaining a lot of weight. His ex-wife Mary (Samantha Morton) and his daughter Ellie (Sadie Sink) want nothing to do with him since she left them. Charlie is completely alone except for unexpected visits from a missionary (Ty Simpkins), who pushes the man to find God; and a nurse friend named Liz (Hong Chau), who cares for him and pleads with him to no avail to go to the hospital, as he may only have a week to live.”

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The Whale is based on a play written by Samuel D. Hunter which won several awards, including the prestigious GLAAD Media Award for New York Theatrical Production during its time off broadway. The adapted film is directed by Darren Aronofsky, who has previously led critically acclaimed films such as Black Swan (2010) and The Wrestler (2008). 

Aronofsky says he is very proud of the message the film portrays, noting that “Cinema can connect us to another no matter how different they may seem on the surface. People struggling with obesity are often judged, dismissed, and defined by it.”

Speaking on the talent of Fraser playing the lead of Charlie, Aronofsky notes he “…needed a great talent that could glow through the makeup, an actor with a whale-sized heart and a pure soul. As soon as I met Brendan, I knew I had met Charlie. There’s something ineffable in him that brings Sam’s character to life and transports us—mind and body—into what might have been unknowable.”

Other Films At The Los Cabos Film Festival

The Whale isn’t the only anticipated film being shown at this year’s Los Cabos Film Festival. The event holds a yearly competition for the best film, which will include titles such as I Love My Dad, starring Patton Oswald, and Runner, which won awards at the San Sebastián International Film Festival. 

The Event has many other events on the program, such as an “After Dark” event and “World Highlights”, which will showcase a curated lineup of movies from all corners of the world. There are expected to be many special guests, and the festival has drawn a celebrity crowd with stars such as Robert Dinero visiting in the past due to the star-studded movie lineup and beautiful location at luxury resorts in the Los Cabos area. The festival is free to the public, and more information, including a full movie lineup, can be found on their website.

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