The film career of Mexican filmmaker Michel Franco is deeply connected with the Cannes Film Festival. All of his four feature films have been selected to premiere at La Croissette since his debut feature Daniel & Ana was presented at the Directors' Fortnight independent section in 2009. In 2012, After Lucía / Después de Lucía was presented in competition in the Un Certain Regard section where it won the top prize awarded by a jury presided by British actor Tim Roth.
Roth was so impressed by the talent of Franco that he starred in his 2015 film Chronic, which made it to Cannes' official competition and where it was awarded with the Best Screenplay award. Franco will return to Un Certain Regard with his fourth feature film April's Daughter / Las hijas de abril.
Starring Spanish actress Emma Suarez—co-star of Pedro Almodovar’s Julieta—and Valeria Becerril and Joanna Larequi, the film continues Franco's exploration of keystone family relationships through tells the story of a woman who returns to Mexico to reconnect with her youngest daughter, Valeria, when she learns the teen girl is pregnant.
The film is scheduled to open in Mexican theaters in June.