Morelia at the Cannes Critics’ Week with a selection of short films

Following a tradition that began in 2005, the Morelia International Film Festival will present a selection of short films at Cannes Critics Week.

As Festival Director Daniela Michel explains: “The selection is made directly by the Critics’ Week team. Each year, one member of this team is invited to participate in our Mexican Short Film Jury; They shortlist films for the Cannes program and the programming team narrows them down to four shorts.”

The short films, selected from Morelia’s previous edition, underscore the diversity of themes and genres currently being explored in Mexican cinema, from family ties to black and white animation. It is a strategic alliance between the festivals that over the years has allowed around 40 Mexican short films to be screened in Cannes, with the presence of some filmmakers and talent behind them.

As Michel reflected on how the pandemic has affected the now 20th

While the 2020 festival was a stripped down and “cautiously personal affair with a much larger hybrid element”, the following year saw a larger number of screenings.

“This year we will be even more focused on our Mexican competition, which has always been the heart of the festival – Mexican feature films, documentaries and short films,” Michel said, adding, “We hope to host an event that represents what.” Offering Morelia has reached over the past 20 years since it began as a short film showcase in 2003 – to celebrate our mission to support Mexican films and filmmakers and to provide a gathering place for film lovers from around the world.”

The short films to be screened at Espace Miramar on May 24th are:

“Al Motociclista no le Cabe la Felicidad en el Traje”, Gabriel Herrera (Black Maria Prods.)

Also shown at the 71stSt Berlinale Shorts Competition, this quirky short film with a title that roughly translates to “A Motorcyclist’s Happiness Doesn’t Fit In His Suit” is directed by Gabriel Herrera, who holds a master’s degree in film directing from the National Film School of Poland (PWSFTviT). . . The short is described as a “playful recreation – with roles reversed – hinting at the arrogance of colonial conquerors” as a man sits proudly on his motorcycle, which he will not lend to anyone.

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Al motociclista no le cabe la felicidad en el traje
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“Llueve”, Magali Rocha Donnadieu, Carolina Corral Paredes (IMCINE, Amate Films)

This black and white animated short tells a dark story told by a mother whose son has disappeared and who is later revealed to have been kidnapped. She is convinced that he is reaching her through the rain to tell her where he is and to help uncover the truth. Rocha studied literature in Paris and has produced several award-winning short films with her company Amate Films. Corral directed the critically acclaimed short film Semillas de Guamúchil in 2017.

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“Mi Edad, la Tuya y la del Mundo”, Fernanda Tovar (Centro de Capacitación Cinematografica)

Translated as “My Age, Yours and the Age of the World”, this sweet and very personal short film by Tovar films her inimitable grandmother as she recovers after her home was destroyed by an earthquake. Tovar studied film directing at the renowned Mexican Centro de Capacitación Cinematográfica.

“El Sueño Más Largo que Recuerdo”, Carlos Lenin (Huasteca Casa Cinematografica)

In The Longest Dream I Remember, this 20-minute short follows Tania as she leaves home but has to deal with what her absence will mean in the search for her missing father. Lenin’s earlier short film 24º 51′ Latitud Norte received the Orona Prize at the San Sebastian Festival and five awards at Shorts México, as well as a nomination for the Ariel Prize for Best Short Film. His debut feature film The Dove and the Wolf premiered at the Locarno International Film Festival, where it received the Swatch Art Peace Hotel Award.

The 20thth The Morelia International Film Festival takes place from October 22nd to 29th.

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El sueño mas largo que recuerdo
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