At a press conference held in Mexico City, the Morelia International Film Festival (FICM) revealed the program of its 20th edition, which will take place from October 22 to 29, 2022.
This 20th FICM will take place in a hybrid mode with in-person screenings at Cinépolis Morelia Centro, Cinépolis Plaza Las Américas, Teatro Mariano Matamoros, Centro Cultural Universitario and Plaza Benito Juárez, as well as free virtual screenings through Cinépolis Klic, Canal 22 and FilminLatino.
The Michoacán Section, Mexican Short Film, Mexican Documentary, and Mexican Feature Film sections are an essential part of the Morelia International Film Festival. This year, 59 short films, 15 feature-length documentaries, 11 works from Michoacán and 10 feature films are in competition, adding up to 95 works by filmmakers from different states of the Mexican Republic.
It is important to remember that in the case of fiction, documentary, and animation short films, as well as documentary feature films, winners will be considered eligible for the Oscar® nomination.
This year, the Mexican Feature Film Section consists of:
In this 20th edition, the jury for the FICM Mexican Feature Film section will be chaired by the extraordinary Oscar®-winning Polish filmmaker, a dear friend to the festival, Pawel Pawlikowski. The rest of the jury consists of: Ava Cahen, general delegate of Cannes Critics' Week; and Gaia Furrer, artistic director of the Giornate degli Autori, a segment of the Venice International Film Festival. The jury for the Mexican Documentary Section will include Josh Siegel, film curator at the Museum of Modern Art in New York (MoMA); Annouchka De Andrade, film activist and former director of the Festival International du Film d'Amiens; award-winning director Heidi Ewing; and Cédric Succivalli, president of the International Cinephile Society (ICS). The jury for the Mexican Short Film Section will be made up of Marie-Pauline Mollaret, member of the Cannes Critics' Week selection committee; Will Noah, channel editor at the Criterion Collection; and the great Mexican actress Arcelia Ramírez. Lastly, Erwin Neumaier, General Director of Estudios Churubusco; Héctor Orozco, renowned curator, and researcher; and prominent Mexican journalist Columba Vértiz, will make up the jury for the Michoacan Section.
Thanks to the support of Netflix, the movie BARDO, Falsa Crónica de Unas Cuantas Verdades, by Alejandro G. Iñárritu, will be screened at the Opening Night Screening of our 20th edition, an event that will take place on October 22 in Morelia, with the extraordinary multiple Oscar®-winning Mexican director and writer in attendance.
More about BARDO, Falsa Crónica de Unas Cuantas Verdades.
During this edition we will have the privilege of counting with the precense of Oscar®-winning American filmmaker, Barry Jenkins, among our guests of honor. He will present Moonlight (2016), If Beale Street Could Talk (2018), The Underground Railroad (2021) and The Gaze (2021).
Acclaimed French director Claire Denis will present a special program of her extraordinary work.
Legendary Oscar®-nominated producer and filmmaker Frank Marshall will join us with his documentary Jazz Fest: A New Orleans Story (2022), co-directed with Ryan Suffern, as well as a special screening of The Other Side of the Wind (2018), Orson Welles’s last film, produced by Marshall, and A Final Cut for Orson (2018), by Ryan Suffern.
Spanish actress Maribel Verdú will present Raymond y Ray (2022), by Rodrigo García, as well as a special program of her extraordinary work comprised of the films Blancanieves (2012), by Pablo Berger; Pan's Labyrinth (2006), by Guillermo del Toro, and Siete mesas de billar francés (2007), by Gracia Querejeta.
We’re also privileged to count with the presence of: Jerry Schatzberg and Pierre Filmon, who will present Jerry Schatzberg: Landscape Portrait; Laurent Cantet, who will present Arthur Rambo; Jeremy Thomas, who will present Eo, by Jerzy Skolimowksi, an award-winning film at the last Cannes Film Festival; Luis Mandoki, who will present Presencias; Fernando León de Aranoa, who will present his new documentary Sintiéndolo mucho; Amy Redford, who will present Roost; Julie Bertuccelli, who will present her documentary Jane Campion: The Cinema Woman; and Barnabás Tóth, who will present Those Who Remained.
Los estrenos internacionales del 20° FICM son:
As is tradition, this 20th edition will prominently feature films from the 2022 Cannes Film Festival Critics' Week.
With the support of the Lumière Institute, we will present a live musicalized screening of the French classic Dans la nuit (1930), by Charles Vanel.
Thanks to the support of Il Cinema Ritrovato and Olivia Harrison, we will present special screenings of:
Thanks to the support of the Coppel Foundation, we will present the "Cinema without Borders" series, which includes:
This year a program dedicated to the extraordinary American actor Robert Mitchum will be shown, including:
The Mexican releases this year will include:
Thanks to the invaluable support of the Cineteca Nacional, the UNAM Film Library, Fundación Televisa, Raul and Rodolfo de Anda/Cinevisión, America Movil, David Agrasánchez/Nuevo Cinema Latino, Mr. Carlos Vasallo, and STPC of the RM, the 20th FICM will pay tribute to the extraordinary Mexican filmmaker Alejandro Galindo, with a program of special screenings of:
Likewise, we will hold the Indigenous Peoples Forum, with works by Xun Sero, Isis Ahumada, Roberto Olivares, Julio César Saavedra Castro, Aracely Méndez, Florencia Gómez Santiz, Xóchitl Enríquez Mendoza, Galileo Beethoven Genaro Domínguez, José Lomas Hervert, and Salvador Martinez Chacruna.
The films to be presented at the Indigenous Peoples Forum are:
Since 2012 and thanks to Fundacion Televisa’s generosity, we have held eleven exhibits with material from the foundation’s photographic collections. This year, we present at the plaza Benito Juárez, at the Morelia’s Historic Centre, the XX years, 11 exhibitions. Fundación Televisa at the Morelia International Film Festival exhibit.
Also, programmers from important national and international festivals, producers, distributors and sales agents will be invited to actively participate in Impulso Morelia 8. This year, the panel will be made up of Laurent Cantet, winner of the Palme d'Or at Cannes; Patricia Riggen, renowned Mexican filmmaker; Daniela Alatorre, multiple award-winning producer and director; Claudia G. Covarrubias, production and marketing director of the Churubusco Azteca Studios; Mathilde Henrot, renowned curator, programmer and co-founder of the Festival Scope online service; Alessandro Raja, prominent programmer and also co-founder of Festival Scope; and Kyzza Terrazas, renowned Mexican writer and filmmaker.
More about the projects participating in Impulso Morelia 8.
We would like to thank the Government of the State of Michoacán, which, as every year through the Ministry of Tourism, gives us their unconditional support to make this great Morelia International Film Festival happen. Thank you to Secretary Roberto Monroy García and the entire team that makes up the Secretariat of Tourism.
We especially want to thank the Universidad Michoacana de San Nicolás de Hidalgo for their kind support. Many of the official venues where the festival takes place are possible thanks to the university’s Rector, Dr. Raúl Cárdenas Navarro, the Department of Cultural Outreach and Extension Universitaria, along with all the staff that makes it possible for us to occupy their spaces during the duration of the festival.
Like always, we are grateful for the invaluable and generous support of many sectors of the Government of the State of Michoacán, the Honorable Municipality of Morelia, the Ministry of Culture of the Mexican Government, Cinépolis, the Mexican Film Institute, the Cineteca National, the General Directorate of Cinematographic Activities - UNAM Film Library, Fundación Televisa, the Michoacán University of San Nicolás de Hidalgo, all our allied media and each of the instances that make this event possible.
We also wish to offer a very special thanks, for their constant support, to the Embassy of France, the Embassy of the United States of America, the Embassy of Hungary, the Embassy of Spain, UniFrance, Canal 22, Canal Once, Cinépolis Klic, Cinépolis Distribución, FilminLatino, Sony Pictures Entertainment, Netflix, Piano, Mubi, Universal Pictures, Warner Bros. Pictures México, Walt Disney Company Latin America, Tulip Pictures, Interior XIII, Diamond and Cine Caníbal; as well as Mundet, HSBC, Kansas City Southern de México, Lexus, 400 Conejos, and Nespresso.
We also thank the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) in Mexico, with whom we have collaborated to promote recognition of diversity, respect for differences, the diffusion of gender equality and non-discrimination principles of, and the prevention of violence based on sex and gender. With these actions, FICM seeks to spread forms of social and community development focused on people, to be a space to explore other ways of inhabiting cinema, focused on inclusion, as well as on creating a safe space for all the people who come together in it.
For more information, FICM invites you to visit its official website www.moreliafilmfest.com and its socials, where you will soon be able to check the festival's program and purchase tickets.
At FICM we are constantly creating content for the festival, talks, expositions and, workshops. We want to invite you to be part of our community.