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XV years, 15 editions: FICM 2010, 8th edition

“Those who have not exercised their emotional muscle are going to be a little sore. Do not try to resist,” Alejandro González Iñárritu warned before the screening for Biutiful, the film which inaugurated the eighth edition of the Morelia International Film Festival (FICM).

At the festival’s opening ceremony, which took place from October 16 to 24, 2010, the actor Javier Bardem was also present, as well as part of the cast and production team of the nominee to a Golden Globe and an Academy Award for Best Foreign Film.

González Iñárritu and Bardem were added to the Special Guest list along with French director Nicholas Philibert, who returned to Morelia for the premiere of his documentary Nénette; French producer Serge Bromberg, who presented his show Retour de Flamme; American director Terry Gilliam, with a retrospective in his honor; director Fernando Trueba, who presented The Dancer and the Thief; directors Quentin Tarantino, Lucrecia Martel and Doris Dörrie; and actors Danny Trejo, Diego Luna and Edgar Ramírez.

That year, the FICM took the opportunity to join the celebrations for the centenary of the Mexican Revolution with the program “The Mexican Revolution in National Cinema”, which featured Zapata’s Path (2000, dir. Luciano Larobina) and Gertrudis (1992, dir. Ernesto Medina Torres).

Acknowledging the recent passing of Carlos Monsiváis, the FICM dedicated a selection of his favorite films to him. “Monsiváis’ Essentials” included films like Enamorada (1946, dir. Emilio Fernández), We, the Poor (1947, dir. Ismael Rodríguez) and Aventurera (1949, dir. Alberto Gout), among others.

That year also celebrated the 50th anniversary of UNAM’s Film Library, with the screening of restored films from the Alva brothers’ collection, pioneers of silent cinema in Mexico, filmed from 1907 to 1913 in Michoacán.

Alejandro Ramírez, Cuauhtémoc Cárdenas Batel and Daniela Michel talked about the long road ahead of the festival. “We are very proud of its achievements and the contribution it has made as a forum for expression, reflection and learning. In this 2010, a significant year for our country, FICM wants to do its part and reaffirm itself as an open and plural space, where debate generates ideas that help us grow as a nation.”

Find out more about the eighth edition of FICM.

Terry Gilliam.

Cuauhtémoc Cárdenas Batel, Diego Luna.

Danny Trejo.

Quentin Tarantino.

Amat Escalante.

Alejandro González Iñárritu, Javier Bardem.