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Special screenings of the 17th Morelia International Film Festival

These are some of the special screenings that the 17th Morelia International Film Festival (FICM) will have.

Soon we will announce more special screenings.


The Grey Automobile (1919, dirs. Enrique Rosas, con asesoría de Joaquín Coss, Juan Canals de Homs)

El automóvil gris

Originally filmed as a 12-episode series, The Grey Automobile tells the story of a criminal gang who pretended to be military men and used a car to commit their felonies. The infamous group assaulted Mexico City in 1915, during the Mexican Revolution, taking advantage of the climate of political instability to exploit the wealthy.

The Phantom of the Monastery (1934, dir. Fernando de Fuentes)

Married couple Cristina and Eduardo, along with their friend Alfonso, get lost in the woods at dusk. When they encounter a
mysterious monk, who offers them shelter at the old monastery of the Order of Silence, Eduardo is scared and refuses to go
inside the building, but Cristina and Alfonso—who are having an affair—convince him to spend the night there. A series of
abnormal events will make the lovers regret their decision.

Doña Herlinda and Her Son (1984, dir. Jaime Humberto Hermosillo)

In the conservative society of Guadalajara, Doña Herlinda does everything possible to ignore the relationship between her son
Rodolfo and his friend Ramón, whom she treats as a second child. Under pressure from his mother, Rodolfo marries to Olga, but his
relationship with Ramón continues. By chance, Doña Herlinda’s household settles into a state of curious harmony.

Tigers Are Not Afraid (2017, dir. Issa López)

Ten-year-old Estrella has three wishes. The first is for her missing mother to come home. And her wish comes true—but her mother is dead and follows Estrella everywhere. Terrified, Estrella tries to escape by joining a gang of children orphaned by violence. She soon realizes that the dead are never left behind, and that only warriors survive in a brutal world.

Historias de luz: Antonio Turok (2018, dir. Historias de luz: Antonio Turok)

Antonio Turok, a leading Mexican photographer who has documented the most representative political and social conflicts
in Mexico and abroad since the 1970s and into the present, shares his experience, stories, and way of seeing the world.

Wolfgang Paalen: Crystals of the Mind (2019, dir. Tufic Makhlouf Akl)

The artist Wolfgang Paalen was born in Vienna in 1905. In 1936, he joined the Parisian Surrealist movement led by André Breton. At the invitation of Frida Kahlo, he settled in Mexico in 1939. As a painter, he underwent several stylistic stages and had a profound influence on the genesis of abstract expressionism. He committed suicide in 1959 in Taxco, Mexico.

The Emperor of Michoacán (2019, dir. James Ramey, Arturo Pimentel)

Michoacán is known for the Day of the Dead; less familiar is its past as the Purépecha Empire, the greatest rival to the Aztecs. Five
centuries after the Conquest, Purépechas have spent decades restoring their prehispanic festivities and gods, defying racism.
Every February 1, thousands celebrate the Purépecha New Year in honor of the Fire God. This is paralleled by the restoration of a 1936 cinema-palace dedicated to the last emperor of Michoacán.

Celia’s Collection(2019, dir. Carlos Hagerman)

Celia collects all kinds of things. She shows some of her 235 nativity scenes made by traditional Mexican artisans. This is the first portrait in a series on “Inspiring Mexican Women.”

Power in Sight(2018, dir.  José Ramón Mikelajáuregui)

An emotional journey through the aesthetic, ethical, and epic content of the living images captured in the original film archives of the Mexican Revolution.

The Chicken Coop (2019, dir. Fabián Ibarra Alemañy)

Carlos, tired of a TV company’s abuses and manipulation of information, decides to take justice into his own hands by kidnapping Marcelo Ginero, the company vice president.

The Ship (2019, dir. Batán Silva)

The pessimistic host of The Ship, a kids’ radio show, refuses to help a little boy who thinks it’s possible to sail aboard “The Ship” to see the ocean: his dying wish.


Zumiriki (2019, dir. Oskar Alegria)

The story of a shipwreck survivor in a remote region of the Pyrenees who tries to forge a relationship both with nature and with his own childhood.

Midnight Family (2018, dir. Luke Lorentzen)

In a city where the government operates only 45 emergency ambulances for a population of over nine million, the Ochoa family is a crucial element for survival. This family of unregistered private paramedics is known for being trustworthy, but now they must deal with a sudden escalation of bribes that could involve them in ethically questionable practices.

Selena (1997, dir. Gregory Nava)

Based on the life of singer Selena Quintanilla-Perez. The film follows the dizzying rise of the Latina singer: from the start of her career at age ten to her tragic death at 23, killed by her personal secretary and the president of her fan club.