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Julie Bertuccelli presented La dernière folie de Claire Darling at the 16th FICM

By: Azul Ramírez @azulartx

Julie Bertuccelli, special guest of the 16th Morelia International Film Festival (FICM), presented her most recent film La dernière folie de Claire Darling alongside Daniela Michel, founder and director of the festival.

Daniela Michel was grateful to Julie Bertuccelli and said she was “very happy because Julie has an impressive career and comes from a great cinematographic lineage, it is an honor for her to be here,” she said.

Julie Bertuccelli and Daniela Michel.

The film portrays the life of Claire Darling, who has decided to get rid of her assets and start showing them in the garden to sell them. Soon, her neighbors show up to browse and appropriate her belongings, with each object echoing a memory of her life. In the middle of this situation, Marie, the daughter she has not seen for several years, will be forced to return to the family home to stop her mother’s eccentric behavior.

At the end of the film, during a Q&A session, Julie explained that the idea for the film came from the book Faith Bass Darling’s Last Garage Sale: “I was interested in the story because I come from a family that keeps everything and has many collections, I carry in my DNA, that’s why the story moved me a lot, not only because of things and objects, but because behind them there are memories, stories, secrets, and lives, and all these objects transcend through time and are a mirror of what we think,” she said.

She also spoke about the impact that films have on their own authors: “I think that all films contain something personal about the author, much more in fiction films. There’s a lot of me in the movie, I made this film for you but in the process,  I helped myself,” she concluded.