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Alonso Ruizpalacios is the ‘Luna de Valencia’ Award 2024

The Mexican director and screenwriter Alonso Ruizpalacios is the awarded of the Luna de Valencia Award at the 39th edition of Cinema Jove.

The filmmaker will visit Valencia to receive the award and present a retrospective of his filmography, showcasing his first three feature films, ‘Güeros,’ ‘Museo,’ and ‘A Cop Movie.’

His feature debut, ‘Güeros’ (2014), was recognized at the Berlinale as Best First Feature, as well as at San Sebastián, where it won Best Film in the Horizontes Latinos section. It also received five Ariel Awards.

‘Güeros’ is a road movie in which three friends set out in search of a rock legend. The film pays tribute to the French New Wave and is shot in black and white and in a 4:3 format. Its urban and adolescent pulse made it an instant cult classic.

His second film, ‘Museo’ (2018), starred Gael García Bernal and featured veteran Chilean actor Alfredo Castro. It is inspired by the theft of 150 pieces of Hispanic art from the Museum of Anthropology and History in Mexico on December 24, 1985. It was awarded Best Screenplay at the Berlin Film Festival.

With his third film, ‘A Cop Movie,’ Ruizpalacios takes a turn in his career, developing a cinematic exercise that plays with the boundaries of documentary and fiction. The experiment analyzes firsthand the corruption within the Mexican police through the experiences of two officers. Once again supported by the Berlinale, the project won the Silver Bear for Artistic Contribution.

On television, he has directed several episodes of the series ‘Outer Range’ for Prime Video, led by Josh Brolin as a Wyoming ranch owner, and ‘Narcos: Mexico’ for Netflix, about the rise of the Guadalajara cartel.

Ruizpalacios reunited with one of his protagonists, Diego Luna, to direct several episodes of the second season of ‘Andor’ for Disney+, about the adventures of the character from the ‘Star Wars’ spin-off ‘Rogue One.’ The new season is scheduled to premiere in 2025.