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On Hollowhood, “the best independent film magazine in the UK”, producer, director and screenwriter Iván Löwenberg premiered I Don’t Want To Be Dust at Cairo International Film Festival 2022.

Bego Sainz in I Don't Want To Be Dust on Hollowhood
Bego Sainz in I Don’t Want To Be Dust

I Don’t Want To Be Dust

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I Don’t Want To Be Dust, a co-production between producer, director and screenwriter Iván Löwenberg and Argentina, premiered at Cairo International Film Festival 2022, the oldest and most important film festival in the Arab world, Africa and the Middle East, and one of only 15 film festivals in the world classified as category “A” by the International Federation of Film Producers Associations (FIAPF).

The film stars his own mother Bego Sainz, who was praised at CIFF for her acting debut role as a desperate housewife. In search of validation of her own family, Bego Sainz’s character ends up in a cult that preaches three days of darkness. The film was shot during the peak of the global pandemic.


Iván Löwenberg

Iván Löwenberg on Hollowhood
Iván Löwenberg at the I Don’t Want To Be Dust premier

Born in Mexico City, Iván Löwenberg was the winner of the Hubert Bals Fund of the Rotterdam International Film Festival for the script development of his first feature film, Castration (2012), and won the Best Foreign Film Award at the New York Winter Film Awards, and the Jury Award for Best Fiction at the World Extreme Film Festival, as well as Best Director and Best Actress at the Hermosillo International Film Festival.

He worked as a producer on the film Martha(2010), directed by Marcelino Islas, which premiered at the Critics’ Week of the Venice International Film Festival in 2010, and was selected in more than 20 festivals, winning the FIPRESCI Award at the Motovun Film Festival and the Mexican Academy Award (Ariel) for Best Actress for Magda Vizcaíno.

His short film Encounter (2019), won at the Morelia International Film Festival, was nominated for the Mexican Academy Awards (Ariel) and won more than 20 international awards. He is currently post-producing the short film The Color Of The Room, starring Mexican Academy Award winner Martha Claudia Moreno and Sundance’s Best Actress winner Teresa Sánchez.

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