XV years, 15 editions: FICM 2013, 11th edition
The eleventh edition of the Morelia International Film Festival (FICM), which took place from October 18 to 27, 2013, began with the screening of Gravity, by Alfonso Cuarón, and the short film Aningaaq, by his son Jonás. During the opening ceremony, Alejandro Ramírez, President of FICM, pointed out that Cuaron’s filmography had the double virtue of being commercially successful and critically acclaimed.
The list of Special Guests was composed by the directors Robert Rodriguez, John Sayles and Bruno Dumont; actors Edward James Olmos and Danny Trejo; Alejandro Jodorowky, with a retrospective of his film work; and Quentin Tarantino, who returned to FICM to show a small selection of films from his collection, such as Blue (1968, dir. Silvio Narizzano), Un arma de dos filos (1969, dir. Samuel Fuller) and Mary, Mary, Bloody Mary (1975, dir. Juan López Moctezuma).
This edition, the Mexican Feature Film Section for the first time included films that were not only first and second films, as in the previous five editions, but also films by directors with a broader trajectory.
The Mexican writer José Rubén Romero, author of novels that later would be adapted to the cinema, was honored with projections of films based on his work, such as The Useless Life of Pito Pérez (1948, dir. Miguel Contreras Torres) and Rosenda (1948, dir. Julio Bracho).
Alejandro Ramírez, Cuauhtemoc Cardenas Batel and Daniela Michel said the FICM had reached its eleventh edition as the Mexican film festival par excellence. “At the end of the day, the Morelia International Film Festival is a revolving door. In these 10 years, it has become the place where many aspire to reach and the majority pledge to attend. The list of directors who have presented their short films in Morelia, and then have taken off and later returned with their feature films, continues to grow. Several are already well-known filmmakers, which fills us with pride. And fortunately for FICM, the desire to return does not only hold true for Mexican talent, but for many foreign guests who are fascinated with the beautiful city of Morelia, the Festival’s meticulous organization and the warmth of the public”.
Learn more about the eleventh edition of FICM here.
Daniela Michel, Diana Bracho.
Danny Trejo, Robert Rodriguez.
Danny Trejo, Daniela Michel, Robert Rodriguez.