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2013 Cannes Film Festival Predictions: Diego Luna’s Chavez

#38. Diego Luna’s Chavez

Gist: Written by Keir Pearson, the inspirational story of Cesar Chavez, the celebrated Mexican American activist who, at great personal cost, put the shameful treatment of his fellow field workers on the map. He took their cause to the powerful Californian land-owners, the state government and beyond. A complicated man with a mission, Chavez never gave up. His extraordinary journey changed the history of unionism, labour conditions and the civil rights movement forever. The mostly English language project features Rosario Dawson, Gabriel Mann, America Ferrera and Michael Peña as Chavez.

Prediction: Filming began in April of 2012, and neither Sundance or Berlin became the lieu for the world premiere screening. Seeing that Luna did showcased Abel at the fest in an out of comp slot back in 2010, perhaps an Un Certain regard scenario is in the cards for the actor-producer-filmmaker.





Eric Lavallée is the founder, CEO, editor-in-chief, film journalist and critic at (founded in 2000). Eric is a regular at Sundance, Cannes and TIFF. He has a BFA in Film Studies at the Mel Hoppenheim School of Cinema. In 2013 he served as a Narrative Competition Jury Member at the SXSW Film Festival. He was an associate producer on Mark Jackson's This Teacher (2018 LA Film Festival, 2018 BFI London). In 2022 he served as a New Flesh Comp for Best First Feature at the 2022 Fantasia Intl. Film Festival. Current top films for 2022 include Tár (Todd Field), All That Breathes (Shaunak Sen), Aftersun (Charlotte Wells).


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