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Two Films from Impulso Morelia selected for the 2016 Berlinale

The 66th Berlin International Film Festival (Berlinale) will include two films from Impulso Morelia in its Forum section: the Mexican-Canadian co-production Tales of Two Who Dreamt, by Andrea Bussmann and Nicolás Pereda; and the Mexican production Tempestad, by Tatiana Huezo.

Andrea Bussmann and Nicolás Pereda’s Tales of Two Who Dreamt is set in a housing unit in Toronto, where a family rehearse stories from their past for an interview that will decide whether they are granted resident status. But what happens in the housing unit becomes its own story, so that the borders between reality and fiction, documentary and artifice, become blurred.

Tatiana Huezo’s Tempestad documents the arrival of a woman to a prison dominated by a drug cartel, while in a separate thread, another woman loses her daughter. Using images of a trip through Mexico, the film weaves together the two stories to describe a country in the grips of organized crime.

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Image from the 2016 Berlinale poster.

Impulso Morelia, which had its first edition at the 13th edition of FICM last year, comprised a program of eight film in post-production, which were screened exclusively to festival programmers, producers, distributors and sales agents, providing a unique support for the termination, promotion and circulation of the projects.

We are delighted that these two titles were selected for the Berlinale. FICM’s Impulso Morelia initiative came about as the natural result of the festival’s effort to offer up a new space for dialogue between Mexican directors and professionals from the world cinema scene. We are also happy to share that the short documentary El buzo, by Esteban Arrangoiz, winner of the Best Documentary prize at the 13th edition of FICM, has been selected by the Berlinale as part of its international short film competition.

Other Mexican films that will screen at the Berlinale include: Rafi Pitts’ French-German-Mexican co-production Soy Nero, which will be in the international competition; Joaquín del Paso’s Maquinaria Panamericana, which will be part of the festival’s Forum section; Rubén Gámez Los murmullos (1976), screening out of competition in the Berlinale Shorts section, and the short films Aurelia y Pedro, by Omar Robles and José Permar and Neiwa, by Abraham Cruz Herrera and Javier Vázquez Cervantes, which will participate in the Generation Kplus section.

For more information about the 66th Berlin International Film Festival, visit: www.berlinale.de/en/