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Josue Mendez

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Born in 1976, Lima. He is a graduate of Yale University, where he helped found the college’s first undergraduate television station, and obtained double Bachelor of Arts degrees in Film and Latin American Studies. He is also a teacher of film in his native Lima. Mendez is an up-and-coming Latin American director, and was recently selected (with five other filmmakers) for the Cannes Film Festival’s prestigious Residence program, which provides young filmmakers with housing and a 4 month scholarship for completion of a new script. In interviews he expresses an eclectic love of cinema, mentioning – in no particular order — Wong Kar-Wai, Lelouch, Pablo Trapero, and Gutierrez Alea. Prior to his work on Days of Santiago, Mendez worked as an editor on films directed by his compatriot, Alberto Durand, and as an assistant director on commercials. Like most of his colleagues, closely connected to cinematheques and maniacally in love with DVD, Mendez’ life is cinema, but he is living on publicity. Josué is currently working on his next film project, entitled Gods.

Interview with Josue Mendez at Isola Cinema 2005:

photo (c) Jože Rehberger Ogrin

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