Press Conference for Amores perros Held at the 18th FICMBy: Gustavo R. Gallardo
With anecdotes from the filming process and two decades after its release, the virtual press conference for Amores Perros, the inaugural film at the 18th edition of the Morelia International Film Festival (FICM), was held by the founder and director of the festival, Daniela Michel, and guest of honor and director, Alejandro González Iñárritu.
It is a restored version of the film “that changed the history of cinema in our country and is part of our collective memory; with an absolutely tremendous impact on world cinema,” said Daniela Michel. The festival’s director acknowledged the presence of the director, calling him a “dear and always supportive friend, to whom we are deeply grateful.
Amores Perros has been remastered to celebrate 20 years since its release. The movie won several awards worldwide, including the BAFTA for best film in a foreign language, the critic’s award at the Cannes Film Festival and the Ariel for best film. It was also nominated for Oscar and Golden Globe awards in the best non-English speaking film category.
“I don’t think I can say if there was a before and after this film [in Mexican cinema], I’ll leave that to the audience and the historians. What I do know, which was reaffirmed by what I see in this reunion, is that this film did change my life. There was a before and an after in my life and also in the lives of all the people here,” said the Mexican director.
González Iñárritu highlighted that Amores Perros is the film that, in the midst of a pandemic, opens the festival. He also addressed “Daniela Michel’s and Alejandro Ramírez’s (president of FICM courage in moving forward with the festival and not giving up. With little support from governments, it takes a lot of courage, a lot of strength and a lot of faith in culture and youth to have these spaces.”
The press conference had the virtual presence of the actors Adriana Barraza, Vanessa Bauche, Gustavo Sánchez Parra and Goya Toledo, as well as the producers Alejandro Soberón and Lynn Fainchtein, and the musician Gustavo Santaolalla.