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José María Yazpik presented Polvo at the 17th FICM

By: Gustavo R. Gallardo

Polvo (2019), José María Yazpik’s directorial debut, was presented at the 17th Morelia International Film Festival (FICM) as part of the Mexican Feature Films Selection with the presence of producers Eamon O’Farril, Carlos Meza Yazpik and Mónica Lozano.

José María Yazpik, Carlos Meza Yazpik, Mónica Lozano

Eamon O’Farril, José María Yazpik, Carlos Meza Yazpik, Mónica Lozano

In search of fame and fortune as a Hollywood actor, El Chato leaves San Ignacio, his hometown, but ten years later, in 1982, the Tijuana mafia entrusts him to recover a drug shipment that fell in his town where everyone is in danger. Upon his return, he sees the possibility of recovering his family and the son he did not know he had.

“(Directing) was a fairly easy process because of all the previous work that was done. It as an apprenticeship, but harder, still we arrived well prepared, we even finished filming three days ahead of schedule,” said José María Yazpik about his experience as a director.

José María Yazpik

José María Yazpik

Questioned about the government’s position that no more films that address the drug trafficking issue should be created, the filmmaker stressed: “I think it is a big deal that the authorities that have us living in this situation tell us that we can no longer talk about it. This is the context in which we are living, if it were another, we would be talking about other things. Let us fix the problem and then we’ll talk about something else.”

However, he said he did not want Polvo to be a film about drug trafficking, but a reflection on the decisions that are made and their consequences: “I plan to continue directing comedy because everything can be criticized through it; we are no longer in the position to make dramas.”

At the presentation of the first screening, vice president of the Festival, Cuauhtémoc Cárdenas Batel, in company of the director, said “it is an honor that you chose the Morelia International Film Festival to debut as director.” Yazpik thanked his family as well as the attendees for their support.