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XV years, 15 editions: FICM 2008, 6th edition

The sixth edition of the Morelia International Film Festival (FICM) was held in full splendor from October 4 to 12, 2008.

The film Che opened this edition with the presence of its director, Steven Soderbergh, and Julia Ormond, one of its protagonists—both Special Guests at the festival.

Other Special Guests at FICM 2008 were the actors Diego Luna and Jennifer Lawrence; director Kelly Reichardt, who introduced Wendy and Lucy (2008); The British composer Michael Nyman, responsible for the score of Man on Wire (2008, dir. James Marsh); French director Nicolas Philibert, whose films Louvre City (1990), Every Little Thing (1997), To Be and To Have (2002) and Retour en Normandie (2007) were projected during the festival; Velvet Goldmine's (1998) director, Todd Haynes, who had a brief retrospective; and the Romanian director Cristian Mungiu.

Film producer Tom Luddy, co-founder of the Telluride Film Festival, and actress Ana Claudia Talancón, were also guests at this edition.

From that year, FICM was officially recognized by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences of the United States, and since then, the winner shorts in the categories of Fiction and Animation have the opportunity of being considered for an Oscar nomination.

In its sixth edition, FICM paid tribute to two important characters in cinema. The first was José María Escriche, a tireless promoter of film culture, and founder and director for many years at the Huesca Film Festival. The second was Michoacan actor Julio Aleman, who, as a Special Guest, could enjoy this tribute during his lifetime and introduce films such as My Son, the Hero (1961, dir. Ismael Rodríguez), Sex and love (Sapho 1963) (1963, dir. Luis Alcoriza) and Patsy, My Love (1968, dir. Manuel Michel).

Alejandro Ramírez, Cuauhtémoc Cárdenas Batel and Daniela Michel highlighted the festival’s achievements in its first five years of life. "After five years during which the festival was born, grew, and developed healthily, it now enters a new stage of maturation and consolidation in its sixth edition."

Find out more of what was went on in the sixth edition of FICM.