Nespresso Talents 2019 presented its winning shorts and I lost my body, winner of Critics’ WeekBy: Celina Manuel
In the context of the 17th Morelia International Film Festival (FICM), the winning Mexican short films of Nespresso Talents 2019 were presented, as well as I lost my body, by Jérémy Clapin, an animated feature film, awarded with the Grand Prix Nespresso at the 58th Cannes Festival Critics’ Week.
Stephanie Corno-Bal, marketing director of Nespresso Mexico, thanked the space within the festival and commented that for the third time there was greater participation by Mexican directors. On the theme “We are what we eat,” they had the knowledge that food occupies a very important place in this continent which is why “there was a lot of interaction in this part of the world.”
Ximena Urrutia, Mexican director and producer, who has previously been a jury of Nespresso Talents, commented on the mentorship that the winners of this edition will receive: “juries and distinguished people of Mexican cinema will contribute part of their time to dialogue with the participants and encourage them towards new projects that allow them to remain immersed in this industry.”
For his part, Charles Tesson, director of Cannes Critics’ Week, spoke a little about I lost my body; he said that it was a risky choice to represent France for being an animated film. “This film has a lot of qualities, it is inspired on the novel Happy Hand by the co-writer of the film, Guillaume Laurant. It is fine from where you see it: the animation, the voices, the quality of the dialogues, and the music.”
At the end, Daniela Michel, director and founder of the FICM, thanked Nespresso and Charles Tesson for the joint effort to carry out the screening of the short films. She said that, for the first time, the winner of Nespresso Talents Mexico will also compete for the Best Mexican Short Film Award. About Critics’ Week, she said that it is a great honor for the FICM to see new perspectives in cinema, the same about I lost my body, since “it rarely will be seen on the big screen,” as its release its planned on digital platforms.