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Mexican short films screened at the 63rd Cannes Critics' Week

Three Mexican short films from the 21st Morelia International Film Festival (FICM) were showcased in a special screening at Critic's Week, a parallel section of the Cannes Film Festival.

This screening was made possible by the strong partnership between Critics' Week and FICM. This collaboration has provided over 50 Mexican filmmakers the chance to showcase their work at Cannes. Additionally, each year, a selection of films from Critics' Week is presented at FICM, with the presence of some of their directors or protagonists.

Present at the screening were some of the filmmakers Juan Pablo Villalobos, Nicolasa Ruiz, María Almendra Castro, and Daniela Michel, founder and general director of FICM

Juan Pablo Villalobos, Nicolasa Ruiz, María Almendra Castro

This year, the short films in the Official Selection that were screened at the 63rd Critics' Week were:

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Dirs. Nicolasa Ruiz, Matthew Porterfield

Esther, an 18-year-old girl from northern Mexico wakes up in Mexico City overwhelmed and alone. Wandering the streets in search of work, she tries to connect with a young delivery boy whom she discreetly follows to the home of a mysterious woman. There she finds a soul mate and a companion for the end of the world.

Dir. María Almendra Castro Camacho

Between soap and water: a typical workday for two women in a steam bath. Surrounded by a group of naked men and whispers that reveal the secrets hidden behind the steam curtains, Alma and Ha are compelled to share their own truths.

Xquipi (Ombligo)
Dir. Juan Pablo Villalobos Díaz

Coral and her pregnant sister, Luz, who reside in an old house without running water. During the construction of a cistern in their yard, workers stumble upon a pre-Hispanic burial, leading to the involvement of an archaeologist. Meanwhile, at night, the men make another surprising discovery as Luz goes into labor.