Morelia Film Festival Will Host World Premiere of Pixar's COCO as Opening Night

The Morelia Film Festival has announced the world premiere of Pixar's animated film Coco as the opening night film of its 15th edition on Friday, October 20. Inspired by the people and cultural richness of Mexico and voiced by Gael García Bernal, Benjamin Bratt, Jaime Camil, Edward James Olmos, and Cheech Marin, Coco is a new original story that pays homage to the Day of the Dead, an annual tradition for which the city of Morelia is recognized.

Coco tells the story of a boy named Miguel Rivera, who dreams of becoming a famous musician, despite an incomprehensible ban on music that for several generations his family has kept in place. Desperate to prove his talent, Miguel wraps himself in a mysterious chain of events that takes them to the colorful Land of the Dead. Along the way, he meets Héctor, and together they embark on an extraordinary journey to discover Miguel's family history.

Directed by Lee Unkrich (Toy Story 3) and co-directed by Adrián Molina (storyboard designer of Monsters University), the film will open in Mexican screens on October 27, one month earlier than in the rest of the world. The 15th edition of the Morelia Film Festival will take place October 20-29 in Mexico.