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FICM reveals the program of its 15th edition

The Morelia International Film Festival (FICM) revealed the program of its fifteenth edition, which will be held from October 20 to 29, 2017.

Official Selection

The essential part of FICM are the films competition, divided in the following sections: Michoacan Section, Mexican Short Film Section, Mexican Documentary Section and Mexican Feature Film Section, which make up the Official Selection. This year, there will be 56 short films, 15 documentaries, 15 works from Michoacán, and seven full-length feature films from different states of the Mexican Republic. In total, there will be more than 100 Mexican filmmakers presenting their work.

For the fourth consecutive year, the festival will present the Online Mexican Short Film Selection, which is comprised of 27 short films from the Official Selection of the 15th FICM. These titles will be available online and free from October 20. The short film that receives the most votes from the public will receive the Mexican Short Film Selection Online Award.

It is important to remember that in the case of the short fiction films, documentary and animation, the winner will be considered as eligible for the Oscar® nomination.

This year, the Mexican Feature Film Section consists of: Los adioses by Natalia Beristáin; Ayer maravilla fui de Gabriel Marino; Casa Caracol by Jean-Marc Rousseau Ruiz; Cuadros en la oscuridad by Paula Markovitch; The Drawer Boy by Arturo Pérez Torres; Oso polar by Marcelo Tobar; and Sinvivir by Anaïs Pareto Onghena.

Jury

In this fifteenth edition, FICM’s jury will be presided by: Béla Tarr, Hungarian director and one of the most important filmmakers in the history of contemporary cinema; Cristian Mungiu, Romanian director winner of the Palme d’Or; Charles Tesson, director of the Critics’ Week at the Cannes Film Festival; Karel Och, artistic director of the Karlovy Vary International Film Festival; Christoph Terhechte, director of the Forum section of the Berlin International Film Festival (Berlinale); Andrea Guzmán, artistic co-director of DocumentaMadrid; Bruni Barres, from the Sundance Institute Documentary Program; Heather Haynes, programmer of the Hot Docs Documentary Festival; Thomas Fouet, member of the programming committee of the Critics’ Week at the Cannes Film Festival; Meredith Brody, renowned film critic at Indiewire; Jean-Pierre Garcia, founder of the Amiens International Film Festival; the filmmaker and academic Marco Julio Linares; Paulina Suárez, general director of Ambulante; and Clementine Mourao-Ferreira, producer and Audiovisual Attache of the French Embassy in Mexico.

National and international releases

This year, a selection of more than 50 premieres of the best of national and international cinematography will be screened. FICM will have the Mexican premieres of: Cuando los hijos regresan by Hugo Lara; Helena by Alejandro Sugich; Cygnus by Hugo Félix Mercado; El viaje de Keta by Julio Bekhór and Fernando Sma; and El ángel en el reloj by Miguel Angel Uriegas, among others.

Among the international premieres, FICM will feature: Beatriz at Dinner by Miguel Arteta; Good Time by Josh & Benny Safdie; Michael Haneke‘s Happy End; Loveless by Andrey Zvyagintsev; On Body and Soul by Ildiko Enyedi, winner of the Golden Bear at the Berlinale; The Other Side of Hope by Aki Kaurismäki; George Clooney‘s Suburbicon; Victoria and Abdul by Stephen Frears; Woody Allen’s Wonder Wheel; Todd Haynes‘s Wonderstruck; Zama by Lucrecia Martel; and, as is customary, FICM will screen the winner of the Palme d’Or at the most recent Cannes Film Festival: The Square by Ruben Östlund.

Made in Michoacán

On its fifteenth anniversary, FICM will pay tribute to its home state with the classic film program Made in Michoacán, created in collaboration with the Filmoteca UNAM and the Cineteca National. The program is composed of three titles that marked the course of Mexican cinema: Janitzio (1935) by Carlos Navarro, Maclovia (1948) by Emilio “El Indio” Fernández and El brazo fuerte (1958) by Giovanni Korporaal.

Critic’s Week

As is tradition, some films from the 2017 Cannes Film Festival Critics’ Week will be screened at FICM: Ava by Léa Mysius; La familia by Gustavo Rondón Córdova; Gabriel e a Montanha by Fellipe Gamarano Barbosa; Oh Lucy! by Atsuko Hirayanagi; Los perros by Marcela Said; Tehran Taboo by Ali Soozandeh; and Makala by Emmanuel Gras, winner of the Grand Prix at the Critics’ Week.

Special programs and screenings

The 15th FICM will present a special program of Spanish Anarchist Cinema curated by Édouard Waintrop, director of the Directors’ Fortnight at the Cannes Film Festival, which includes: Nuestro culpable (1938) by Fernando Mignoni; Armand Guerra‘s Carne de fieras (1936); Barrios bajos (1937) by Pedro Puche; and Aurora de esperanza (1937) by Antonio Sau Olite.

In collaboration with the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences of the United States, FICM will feature the program “From Mexico to Hollywood to the Oscars®”, composed by: The Heiress (1949) by William Wyler; Viva Zapata! (1952) by Elia Kazan; Macario (1960) by Roberto Gavaldón; The Ballad of Gregorio Cortez (1982) by Robert M. Young; Y tu mamá también (2001) by Alfonso Cuarón; El laberinto del fauno (2006) by Guillermo del Toro; A Better Life (2011) by Chris Weitz; and Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance) (2014) by Alejandro González Iñárritu.

This year, a program dedicated to the production house Cinematográfica Marte will be screened, created in collaboration with the Cineteca National. The Cinematográfica Marte films that will be screened in new copies in 35mm are: Los caifanes (1967) by Juan Ibañez; Patsy, mi amor (1969) by Manuel Michel; Las puertas del paraíso (1970) by Solomon Laiter; Siempre hay una primera vez (1969) by William Murray and Mauricio Walerstein; Trampas de amor (1969) by Tito Novaro, Manuel Michel, and Jorge Fons; Paraíso (1970) by Luis Alcoriza; and Para servir a usted (1971) by José Estrada.

The 15th FICM will screen the special program Jean Vigo Prize, which will present this year’s winning film, Barbara by Mathieu Amalric.

Thanks to the support of Martin Scorsese’s Film Foundation, FICM will have a special feature of the restored copy of the seminal Mexican film Dos Monjes (1934) by Juan Bustillo Oro.

In collaboration with the 13th Indigenous Film and Video Festival in Michoacán, there will be a special screening of Juchari Juata (Our Forest), by the Eratsicua Collective.

For the second consecutive year, FICM will exhibit the Sexual Diversity Program, which includes short films by Mexican filmmakers, as well as a special program curated by the XPOSED Queer Film Festival Berlin.

MORELIA SUNDANCE Screenwriters Lab

In alliance with the Sundance Institute, MORELIA SUNDANCE Screenwriters Lab, a workshop for the perfection of cinematographic screenplays will take place for the first time at the 15th FICM, in collaboration with Bertha Navarro and Marina Stavenhagen. The filmmakers selected to participate in the first edition of the MORELIA SUNDANCE Screenwriters Lab are: Betzabé García, Tatiana Huezo, Rigoberto Perezcano and David Zonana. The workshop will take place with the support of Televisa.

Impulso Morelia

Programmers from important national and international festivals, producers, distributors and sales agents will participate in Impulso Morelia. This year, the international jury will be composed of: Rasha Salti, content director of La Lucarne, the experimental documentary program of Arte France; Richard Peña, director emeritus of the New York Film Festival; and Édouard Waintrop, director of the Directors’ Fortnight at the Cannes Film Festival.

Special Guests

The new Disney • Pixar production, Coco, directed by Lee Unkrich and Adrian Molina, will be screened for the first time at the opening ceremony of our fifteenth edition, an event that will take place the night of October 20th at Cinépolis Plaza Morelia with the presence of the two directors, as well as the actor Gael García Bernal, and the producers Darla Anderson and John Lasseter.

In this edition, FICM will have the privilege of having Guillermo del Toro as a guest of honor. The filmmaker will present for the first time in Mexico his extraordinary film The Shape of Water, winner of the Golden Lion at the 74th Venice International Film Festival. Also, the 15th FICM will feature a special screening of The Shape of Water in benefit of those affected by the recent earthquakes in Mexico.

The 15th FICM will feature the 120 Beats per Minute premiere in Mexico, with the presence of the actor Nahuel Pérez Biscayart. The film was awarded the Grand Jury Prize at the last Cannes Film Festival. Also, the festival will be attended by Laurent Cantet, winner of the Palme d’Or, who will present his new film L’atelier.

The acclaimed director and a great friend to the festival, Barbet Schroeder, will return to Morelia to present the Mexican premiere of his documentary The Venerable W, premiered at the last Cannes Film Festival.

Furthermore, the 15th FICM will have the privilege of having the presence of: Felipe Cazals, who will be present a special screening of Los motivos de Luz (1985); Fred Kelemen, who will show his new film Sarajevo Songs of Woe; and Bob Rafelson, an iconic American producer and director who transformed Hollywood cinema in the 1960s and 1970s, and who will present his classic Five Easy Pieces (1970).

Venues

The venues for this fifteenth edition will be Cinépolis Morelia Centro, Cinépolis Las Américas and Teatro Ocampo. In addition, there will be free screenings in the Casa Natal de Morelos, the Aula Mater of the College de San Nicolás de Hidalgo, Plaza Benito Juárez, and lectures at the José Rubén Romero Theater. There will also be an extension of the festival in Patzcuaro, at the Teatro Emperador Caltzontzin.

The Best of FICM in Mexico City

The winning films and a selection of festival titles will be presented at The Best of FICM in Mexico City at: Cinépolis, from November 3 to 9; Cineteca Nacional and Cinematógrafo del Chopo on the 4th and 5th of November; and at the University Cultural Center, from the 10th to the 12th of November. Finally, two outdoor functions will take place in the Parque México and in the Jardín Centenario in Coyoacán.

Acknowledgements

FICM is grateful, as always, for the invaluable and generous support of the Government of the State of Michoacán and its various agencies, the Honorable City Council of Morelia, the Secretariat of Culture, Cinépolis, the Mexican Film Institute (IMCINE), the Cineteca Nacional, the Filmoteca UNAM, Televisa and Fundación Televisa, the Michoacan University of San Nicolás de Hidalgo, all our media allies and each of the instances that make the realization of this event possible.

The festival also gives special thanks to the French Embassy for all its support, to Unifrance, the Spanish Embassy, the Goethe Institut Mexico, as well as HSBC, Kansas City Southern of Mexico, Mundet, Nespresso and Cuervo.