Alejandra Márquez Abella presented Las chicas bien at the 16th FICMBy: Azul Ramírez @azulartx
Mexican filmmaker Alejandra Márquez Abella presented her feature film Las Niñas Bien in the company of producers Rodrigo González and Gabriela Maire, costume designer Annai Ramos and actresses Ilse Salas and Johanna Murillo. The film is part of the Mexican Feature Film Section, within the 16th edition of the Morelia International Film Festival (FICM).
Las Niñas Bien takes place during the economic crisis of the eighties in Mexico. The elegant, charming and perfect Sofia, leader of the group of friends at the tennis club, faces the unimaginable: the demise of her social life. Sofia will try to keep up appearances, but her collapse, in addition to being inevitable, will reveal what is lost when money is lost.
Rodrigo González, the producer, mentioned that Guadalupe Loaeza, author of the book on which the film is based, had not wanted to share the rights until she found out that Alejandra Márquez and Ilse Salas would be part of the project: “Only then did she feel it could be something serious, she recognized their talent. There were many challenges, from choosing which parts of the book’s anecdotes to choosing to how to give it a cinematographic frame.”
“Las Niñas Bien is the kind of movie that makes you feel proud it exists and contributes with what we want to have in Mexican cinema. Period cinema professionalizes you and you must be very honest in showing it, it represents a very interesting challenge for all areas and forces you to be very precise,” Gonzalez added.
The director Alejandra Márquez Abella said that the film allowed her to reflect on how much society has changed: “It was very important to give a broad panorama of a problem that surrounds us and concerns us as a society”.
“There are still many relationships which require women to abandon many freedoms and many things, making not having independence a kind of status quo. With the way things are, it was something worth accentuating,” she said.
Ilse Salas confessed to being surprised that she had been offered a “good girl” character, but the tone in which the film was approached seemed very interesting to her from the beginning. “There was a lot of hard work with Alejandra,” she added.
Johanna Murillo mentioned that filming was an unforgettable experience: “The process that we lived was incredible, I had never worked with such emotion, a wardrobe and a context. There are many rules in these universes, it is something that gives a lot of anguish to this type of characters. We had to know how to reach an earlier era, where the tone and the rules were different “.
In the afternoon, at a screening held at Cinépolis Morelia Centro, Cuauhtémoc Cárdenas Batel, vice president of FICM invited Alejandra Márquez Abella to the stand. “It is an honor to present the film during the festival,” she said.