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Shéhérazade, by Jean-Bernard Marlin, was presented at the 16th FICM

By: Azul Ramírez @azulartx

With the presence of director Jean-Bernard Marlin, Shéhérazade was presented, a film that won the Jean Vigo Award and was awarded three prizes at the Angoulême Festival, including Best Film. He was accompanied by Jacques Kermabon, editor-in-chief of Brief and current member of the jury of the Mexican Short Film of the Morelia International Film Festival (FICM) and Charles Tesson, artistic director of the Critics’ Week.

Jacques Kermabon mentioned the importance of the Jean Vigo award, calling it “a consecration for future filmmakers”. Unlike previous years, where the award was given to a short film and a feature film, they decided to be “generous and give the award to a short film and two feature films that found success,” he said.

The film shows the life of Zachary, a 17-year-old boy who is released from prison. Rejected by his mother, he spends his time in the dangerous streets of Marseille. That’s where he meets Shéhérazade. Charles Tesson presented the film as “an urban and realistic film, with a fairly familiar color that comes close to what love is”.

Jean-Bernard Marlin, director of the film, thanked the festival for the invitation and was enthusiastic about his stay in Morelia: “It’s a dream to come to Mexico, I’m very happy to be here, it’s mine and the cast’s first movie and you could say it’s like my baby.”