Don Millar premiered Botero at the 16th FICMBy: Juan Roilan Salgado Z.
With the presence of Alejandro Ramírez, president of the Morelia International Film Festival (FICM), Daniela Michel, founder and director of the festival, the director of the film, Don Millar, and the producer Lina Botero Zea, the special screening of Botero was presented at the 16th edition of the FICM.
Botero is a poetic documentary profile of the Colombian artist Fernando Botero. The filmmakers had unprecedented access to shoot a chronicle behind the scenes of the life and art of the 86-year-old painter and sculptor, famous for protecting his privacy at all costs. The public will witness the inspiring commitment of Botero with a unique artistic vision and his rise from rural Colombia to become “the Maestro”: the most recognized living artist in the world.
Throughout 19 months of work, the team toured several cities around the world to follow in the footsteps of Maestro Botero. “Mexico is a very appropriate place to have the premiere of this documentary because as you will discover in the documentary, this country has been very important in the life and work of my father, I hope you enjoy it a lot,” added Lina Botero.
Before the screening, Don Millar emphasized: “Master Botero said he feels very happy to have participated in this film and it is impossible to get bored with it, so I hope you think the same.”
In a Q&A session, Don Millar highlighted the large number of works included throughout the film, where 305 works of art were distributed, approximately 3.7 pieces per minute, he said. “What we try to do and what is different from other documentaries is to show the art as time went by in the maestro’s life, which gave us the opportunity to show part of the first works of art that are not as well-known and haven’t been seen by many,” the director added.
Nearly moved to tears, Lina Botero thanked Alejandro Ramírez for his words on the generosity of Master Botero towards the people of Colombia in donating his entire collection and building the Museo Botero in Bogotá.