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Jorge Sánchez, director of IMCINE, presented the special screening of Mecánica Nacional

By: Marco Mejía

As part of the 70’s Mexican Film series, presented by the Cineteca Nacional in the 16th edition of the Morelia International Film Festival (FICM), the film Mecánica Nacional (1972, dir. Luis Alcoriza) was shown, with the presence of Jorge Sánchez, director of the Mexican Film Institute (IMCINE).

Jorge Sánchez and Daniela Michel | PHOTO: IMCINE

Daniela Michel, founder and director of FICM, was in charge of welcoming Jorge Sánchez, who spoke about the rescue and preservation of film projects such as Mecánica Nacional despite the lack of budget that exists.

“The restoration program of cinematographic works does not have a budget, but we managed to save at the end of the year and to make agreements with the Cineteca Nacional and Churubusco Studios, where they have teams to handle this process of digital restoration”.

Mecánica Nacional tells the story of the family and friends of a mechanic, who will witness the end of a car race. Characters such as the selfless grandmother, the macho father, the modern daughter and the brave, among others, are shown with humor, irony and sarcasm. It is a mosaic that reflects the Mexico of the early 1970s.