Mexican filmmaker Michel Franco’s latest film “Las hijas de abril (The Daughters of April)” was selected to compete in the Un Certain Regard section of the 70th Edition of the Cannes Film Festival, which will take place on May 17-28, 2017.
Franco is no stranger to this festival. His feature debut, “Daniel and Ana” (2009) was screened at the Directors’ Fortnight section which runs parallel to the Festival. In 2012 “Después de Lucía (After Lucia)” made the Un Certain Regard section and won their Best Picture prize. In 2015 his film Chronic was recognized in the Official Selection competition by winning the award for Best Screenplay.
Franco has been an important part of GIFF. The Mexican writer/director/producer is an example of what the MexiCannes program has achieved through the alliance between GIFF and Cinéfondation Résidence. During his stay in Paris during that residence in 2009, he developed “Después de Lucía” and then returned to GIFF in 2010 to pitch this film at the International Pitching Market, where Lemon Films picked it up for production. At the 2012 edition of GIFF, “Después de Lucía” opened the festival and was the first time the film was screened to a Mexican and Latin American audience.
The announcement of Franco’s participation at Cannes 2017 was made at a press conference where all the selected films were announced by the festival’s general delegate Thiérry Frémaux. “Las hijas de abril” will compete with a score of films from all over the world.
Congratulations to our GIFF Alumnus for continuing his vision and work in film.