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J. M. Cravioto presented Olimpia at the 16th FICM

By: Gustavo R. Gallardo

The filmmaker J. M. Cravioto presented his film Olimpia (2018) to the press during the last day of activities of the 16th Morelia International Film Festival (FICM).


Daniel Mandoki, Luis Curiel, J.M. Cravioto, Mariana Franco y Nicolasa Ortiz.

With footage of El Grito (1968), by Leobardo López Arretche, and a rotoscoping composition, Olimpia details how Raquel, Rodolfo, and Hernán, members of a brigade in UNAM during the student movement in Mexico in 1968, document when the army took the university the days before October 2nd through photographs, video and texts.

“I thought rotoscoping was the most appropriate because recreating 1968 in a project like this would have cost millions of pesos, and the rotoscope allows, through a creative path, to leave out who the actors are and the sets and simply allows you to get into the story and listen to the message,” Cravioto said.

Accompanied by the producer Mariana Franco and the actors, Nicolasa Ortiz Monasterio, Daniel Mandoki and Luis Curiel, director of Mexican Gangster (2014), spoke about the purpose of the film: “I wanted the film to have that energy and that strength, so the real stories were taken and inserted in this cinematic reality of El Grito so that it would have that dose of truth”.

Daniel Mandoki, Nicolasa Ortiz y Luis Curiel.

The film was conceived at the beginning of 2017 and students of the Faculty of Arts and Design of the UNAM were in charge of the post-production “frame by frame” during eight months of work, “which was what it took these dozens of young artists because we wanted it to be a collective experience, an offering to the people who went out to take pictures on the streets 50 years ago.”

Nicolasa Ortiz Monasterio said that her role, beyond what the student movement of 1968 means socially and politically, “I wanted to know what the kids that age were like, what the holidays were like, I wanted to know what life was like in general 50 years ago.”

Daniel Mandoki said that this film is unlike others about 1968 “that talk about politics and historical facts, I think this film has four very human characters who risk their lives to read poems and snap photos.”

Olimpia will have its screening for the audience this Friday at 4:00 pm in room 4 of Cinépolis Centro, after the red carpet.