FICM inaugurated its 18th edition with Amores Perros by Alejandro González Iñárritu
The Morelia International Film Festival (FICM) inaugurated its 18th edition with the special presentation of the restored and remastered version of Amores Perros, a debut by the extraordinary Mexican director Alejandro González Iñárritu, which celebrates the twentieth anniversary of its release in 2020.
The Opening Ceremony was attended by the award-winning director and the founder and director of FICM, Daniela Michel, as well as the president and vice president of the festival, Alejandro Ramírez and Cuauhtémoc Cárdenas Batel.
Also present were Silvano Aureoles Conejo, Governor of Michoacán; Roberto Monroy, Secretary of Tourism of Morelia; and Alfredo Loaeza, general director of the Centro de Capacitación Cinematográfica (CCC), representing Alejandra Frausto, Secretary of Culture of Mexico, and María Novaro, director of the Mexican Film Institute (IMCINE).
With an emotional speech, the multiple-Oscar winner thanked the founders of FICM for the honor of kicking off the festival: “I am grateful that, 20 years after making this film, it is honored by inaugurating this edition of this very special and unique festival.”
Alejandro González Iñárritu also acknowledged the role of FICM as a cultural reference not only in Mexico, but the world.
“The Morelia Festival is no longer just a national festival, it is a world reference, an exemplary festival; a wake-up call of what can be done here, of what the filmmakers of Mexico have to say so that it resonates throughout the world. It’s an inclusive space full of diverse voices.”
On the context of the Covid-19 pandemic in which the 18th FICM came together, he said: “It takes a lot of courage, a lot of courage, a lot of integrity and a lot of faith in what they do. In young people, in the cinema, and in art to be here.”
He concluded by remembering the entire cast and crew that made Amores Perros possible. “I am here representing all the people, all the artists, friends and brothers with whom I had the privilege of making this first film that changed our lives.”
Before his speech and presenting the screening of the restored and remastered version of Amores Perros, Alejandro González Iñárritu received a sculpture by the Michoacan artist Javier Marín in recognition of his brilliant work on behalf of the festival and unveiled an armchair with his name and the winner’s plate of the 17th FICM.
Alejandro Ramírez Magaña, President of FICM, acknowledged the valuable work of the director as a Mexican pioneer in many fields of international cinematography. “His cinema explores human complexity like few.”
Due to the health security measures that FICM had to implement for its realization, this 18th edition did not have the traditional red carpet event that has characterized past festivals. Instead, a ceremony with social distancing and rigorous use of face masks was held, led by Óscar Uriel.
Prior to the Opening Ceremony, a historic virtual chat was held with the cast and crew that were part of the Amores Perros production. The talk was attended by Alejandro González Iñárritu, Gael García Bernal, Vanessa Bauche and Mónica Lozano, among many more.
The 18th edition of FICM will take place in a five-day hybrid version, with a number of physical screenings and free virtual streams through Cinépolis Klic, Channel 22 and FliminLatino.
Eighty-nine Mexican titles will compete in the Official Selection this year: 11 works in the Michoacan Section, 60 titles in the Mexican Short Film Section, 9 titles in the Mexican Documentary Section and 9 titles in the Mexican Feature Film Section. With more than 90 Mexican filmmakers presenting their work.
The Mexican Feature Film Section is made up of: Amalgama, by Carlos Cuarón; ¡Ánimo juventud!, by Carlos Armella; Blanco de verano, by Rodrigo Ruiz Patterson; La diosa del asfalto, by Julián Hernández; Fauna, by Nicolás Pereda; Fuego adentro, by Jesús Mario Lozano; Ricochet, by Rodrigo Fiallega; Sin señas particulares, by Fernanda Valadez; and Todo lo invisible, de Mariana Chenillo.
An integrated sample with a selection of the best releases in international cinematography will be screened in this edition of FICM, including: Ammonite, by Francis Lee; Siberia, by Abel Ferrara; The Trouble with Nature, by Illum Jacobi; Te llevo conmigo, by Heidi Ewing; Soy Greta by Nathan Grossman; The Truffle Hunters, by Michael Dweck and Gregory Kershaw; and Nomadland, by Chloé Zhao, winner of the Golden Lion at the last Venice Film Festival.
The film Berlin Alexanderplatz, by Burhan Qurbani, premiered at the last Berlin Film Festival, will also have its Latin American premiere with the support of the Goethe-Institut Mexiko.
The Forum on Indigenous Peoples will be held with the involvement of the filmmakers Norma Delia Robles Carrillo, Litay Ortega, Nicolás Rojas Sánchez, Uriel Nute Kujin, Adolfo Fierro, Juan González, Saúl Kak, Andrea Santiago, Itandehui Jansen, Elke Franke and Laura Plancarte.
With the support of the French Embassy in Mexico, a selection of films from the Critics’ Week at the 2020 Cannes Film Festival will be presented during this edition of the festival, among them: After Love, by Aleem Khan; Gold for Dogs, by Anna Cazenave Cambet; and Beasts, by Naël Marandin. Spring Blossom, by Suzanne Lindon, and Love Affair (s), by Emmanuel Mouret, part of the official selection for the 73rd Cannes Festival, will also be featured.
The 18th FICM is grateful for the invaluable and generous support of the Government of the State of Michoacán and its various dependencies, the Secretariat of Tourism of Michoacán, the Honorable City Council of Morelia, the Trust for the Promotion and Promotion of Tourist Activity of the State of Michoacán (FIFOPRATUR ), the Secretariat of Culture, Cinépolis, the Mexican Film Institute (IMCINE), the Cineteca Nacional, the General Directorate of Cinematographic Activities – UNAM Film Library, the Televisa Foundation, the Secretariat of Culture of Mexico City through the Trust for the Promotion and Development of Mexican Cinema (PROCINE), the Universidad Michoacana de San Nicolás de Hidalgo, the allied media and each of the instances that make this event possible.
The festival also extends a very special thanks to the French Embassy in Mexico, UniFrance, the Goethe-Institut Mexiko, Canal 22, Cinépolis Klic and FilminLatino, as well as Mundet, HSBC, Kansas City Southern de México , XIAOMI and Nespresso, for all their support.
La The main priority of the 18th FICM is screening some of the most valuable Mexican works produced in the last year, as well as the best of international cinematography. That is why, together with allies and authorities, we have made the effort to preserve the experience of watching movies in movie theatres, sticking to terms of social responsibility that these times demand. The festival has been adjusted to a five-day event with only few in-person screenings. The rooms will be at 50% of their capacity and assigned seats will be sold during the purchase of tickets.
We would like to remind the audiences that the 18th FICM will not hold red carpets, have the presence of talent, galas, Q&A sessions with guests, social events or parties, thus complying with the stipulations set by the municipal and state governments.
We ask the general audience who don’t have a tickets to any screening at Cinépolis Morelia Centro or Cinépolis Las Américas, to enjoy this 18th FICM from home, for free, through the virtual venues of the festival: Cinépolis Klic, Channel 22 and FilminLatino. The programming of these virtual venues can be found at www.moreliafilmfest.com.
The screenings at Cinépolis Morelia Centro and at Cinépolis Las Américas will be carried out under strict adherence to the Cinépolis new normal protocol with strict sanitary cleaning and disinfection measures for each and every one of the rooms.