The Morelia International Film Festival (FICM) is pleased to announce the titles selected to participate in Morelia 9, the festival’s section that showcases Mexican features films in diverse stages of editing and post-production, in the aim to establish a constructive dialogue about the proposals and offer international visibility.
These titles will be presented exclusively to a panel of international experts summoned by the Morelia Film Festival in order to create a unique space for reflection on the selected projects. Additionally, Impulso Morelia 9 grants important awards, both in kind and in cash that will directly contribute to the conclusion, promotion and visibility of the proposals.
Impulso Morelia 9 selected projects are:
Documentary, first film.
Dir. Yovegami Ascona Mora
Prod. Mónica Cruz Arcos, Yovegami Ascona Mora
Production company: Duermevela Audiovisual
In a small south Mexico town of fishermen and farmers, the people who live there remember the fight they fought in order to fend for their territory over 30 years ago. They now own the sea, their land, and their time, feeling free fills them with pride. However, every year, with the rainy season, nature claims its place. A portrait of the integrity and fragility of the human condition.
Dir. Gabriela Domínguez Ruvalcaba
Prod. Pía Quintana Enciso
Production companies: Bosquenegro, Estudio Errante
Do we belong to a place or does a place belong to us? A documental filmmaker and a family of shepherdesses, protagonists of this story, will braid the answers to this question in a documentary essay about identity, transformation of a landscape and filmmaking.
Dir. Santiago Esteinou
Prod. Santiago Esteinou
César is now a free man and he needs to rebuild his life, after being wrongly sentenced to death for 40 years. He spent most of his life in the Polunsky Unit, a prison that keeps inmates in complete isolation, during decades, totally deprived of contact with other human beings. César's arrival to Mexico is the beginning of a journey to heal. His new life is constantly confronted with his own limitations, but he is determined to find true freedom.
Dir. Yolanda Cruz
Prod. Yolanda Cruz, Isael Gutiérrez, Christine Dávila, Norma Santiago
Production company: Petate Films
The Limit is a contemporary story about life in a Chatino town and the effects of migration on it. The main character is Sotera Santos (11), a girl sent from Alabama to her parent’s Oaxacan community, La Raya, to be taken care of by her grandmother, while her estranged parents remain in the US.
Dir. Valentina Leduc Navarro
Prod. Bertha Navarro, Alejandro Springall, Carolina Coppel y Eduardo Díaz Casanova
Production company: Salamandra Producciones, S.A. de C.V.
Members of indigenous Mayan communities cross the Atlantic Ocean to dialogue with different groups of people defending their territory, water supplies, rivers and forests. This journey weaves together and sustains the stories that we delve into the daily life of people and their communities who carry out activities to protect life, both in Mexico and Europe. We want to convey their processes, challenges and achievements.
Dir. Matías Meyer
Prod: Matías Meyer
Production company: Luc, la película
On August 1st, 1885, in Regina, Saskatchewan, Metis leader Louis Riel (1844-1885) is unjustly sentenced to death for high treason. We accompany him on his way of the cross, from the day of his condemnation to the day of his execution, on November 16th, 1885.
Dir. Daniel Castro Zimbrón
Prod. Víctor Léycegui, Arturo Martinelli, Luis Arenas, Pablo Zimbrón
Production companies: Varios Lobos, Mil Millones Cine, La Claqueta PC, Matruska Films, Maligno Gorehouse
Cipriano Zuzunaga (60) is a judicial police officer who has seen his best days go by and lives in a depression that keeps him wandering and tormented. When the unrecognized son of a famous congressman is kidnapped, Zuzunaga becomes the cold and ruthless person in charge of conducting a solitary investigation that will ultimately confront him with his own past.
The Morelia Film Festival has brought together an international experts’ panel that will analyze with strict, constructive and respectful spirit all the proposals included in Impulso Morelia 9, and will establish a useful dialogue with their creators.
The panel will be made up of:
Impulso Morelia 9 will be held from October 22nd trough 24th. Winners will be announced during the closing ceremony of the 21st FICM.
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