Mexican Film by Michel Franco Tops A Certain Regard at Cannes

The Mexican film Después de Lucía / After Lucía (pictured), the second feature film by Mexican director Michel Franco won the top prize of the A Certain Regard section of the Cannes Film Festival, making it the first time a Mexican film wins the main prize since it was created in 1998.

The film starring Tessa Ía, Hernán Mendoza and Gonzalo Vega Sisto, tells the story of Roberto and his teenage daughter Alejandra set off from Vallarta for a fresh start in Mexico City. Alejandra finds her feet more easily than Roberto but soon after she becomes a victim of escalating bullying at school.

This prize comes on the heels of the other major award for the Mexican co-production film Aquí y Allá by Spanish director Antonio Méndez Esparza that won the top prize of the Directors' Fortnight section at Cannes.