Guillermo Arriaga presented No One Left Behind and unveiled the armchair with his name
No One Left Behind, the latest work of Mexican filmmaker Guillermo Arriaga was presented by him, in the company of the talent, his family and Daniela Michel, general director of the FICM; afterwards, he unveiled the armchair with his name.
On the commemorative armchair, Daniela Michel said that it is already a tradition “for distinguished visitors and great artists as a matter of remembrance.” And she expressed gratitude to the director for his presence, referring to him as “a very dear friend,” who has always been supporting young filmmakers. “This is a beautiful, interesting and smart film,” she said about Arriaga’s work.
The Mexican filmmaker thanked the Festival and was happy to be surrounded by his family before such distinction: “Thank you Maru, Mariana and Santiago, because without you I would not have become a film director.” He celebrated the moment as a triumph for all: “I’ve always refused to say that these are my films, these are our films.”
About No One Left Behind, which had its premiere at the Mostra Venice Film Festival 2019, Arriaga said that it adheres to a constant theme in his filmography: “If you see my work, a big part of it has been about the border and, now, it is also a reflection on it.”