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Michel Franco unveiled his armchair at the 18th FICM

By: Gustavo R. Gallardo

Prior to the special screening of Nuevo orden (2020), by Michel Franco, he unveiled an armchair with his name at the 18th Morelia International Film Festival (FICM). During the event, the president of the festival, Alejandro Ramírez; the vice president, Cuauhtémoc Cardenas Batel, and the founder and director of FICM, Daniela Michel were also present.

“It is a film that challenges us, questions us, a disturbing film that forces reflection, that leaves no one without a reaction,” said Alejandro Ramírez.

Michel Franco

Michel Franco

The film by Michel Franco, director of Después de Lucía (2012) and Las hijas de Abril (2017), deals with how, after interrupting a high society wedding, a social revolt gives way to a coup d’état, all seen from the eyes of the bride and the servants who work for her wealthy family.

“How good you did the festival, congratulations on the great work. I know it has been difficult,” said the filmmaker.

Alejandro Ramírez thanked the director, on behalf of Cinépolis and the entire film industry in Mexico, for the solidarity shown by releasing his film during the pandemic.“Michel did not hesitate to release his film in this period to contribute to the reactivation of the film industry. Last week it was the number 1 movie on the Mexican billboard and is still scheduled in more than a thousand theaters. We are delighted that this film combines critical success with commercial success,” she said.

Mercedes Hernández y Darío Yazbek, y la productora Eréndira Núñez.

Darío Yazbek, Michel Franco, Mercedes Hernández y Eréndira Núñez

The filmmaker said that it is very important for the industry to stay together and for people to go to the movies.

“I receive the chair with great pleasure, it is an honor and it makes me think of all the people who have worked with me in all my films,” he commented.

Nuevo Orden won the Silver Lion at the most recent Venice International Film Festival and was released in Mexico last week. The actors Mercedes Hernández and Darío Yazbek, and the producer Eréndira Núñez attended this Sunday’s screening.