Michel Franco Wins Jury Prize at Cannes' Un Certain Regard

Mexican filmmaker Michel Franco has been awarded with the Jury Prize in the Un Certain Regard competition for his fifth feature film Las hijas de abril / April's Daughter at the 70th edition of the Cannes Film Festival. This Jury Prize marks Franco's third award at the prestigious French festival after winning the top prize at Un Certain Regard in 2012 for Después de Lucía / After Lucía, and the Best Screenplay Award in 2015's official competition for Chronic.

April's Daughter follows Valeria, who is 17 years old, pregnant and lives in Puerto Vallarta with Clara, her half-sister. Valeria has not wanted her long-absent mother, April, to find out about her pregnancy, but due to the economic strain and the overwhelming responsibility of having a baby in the house, Clara decides to call their mother.  April arrives, willing to help her daughters, but soon it will be clear why Valeria had kept her away.

The 70th edition of the Cannes Film Festival took place May 17-28 in France.