New Films by Rowe, Chenillo, Franco, and Eimbcke to Morelia


The Morelia International Film Festival has announced its official roster for this year's 11th edition which promises to be exciting as it includes new films by filmmakers Mariana Chenillo, Michael Rowe, Michel Franco, and Fernando Eimbcke, among others.

Competing for Best Mexican Feature Film are Paraíso / Paradise, Mariana Chenillo's sophomore production after Nora's Will; Manto Acuífero / The Well by Cannes' Camera d'Or Winner Michael Rowe (Leap Year);  A los ojos / To the Eyes co-directed by Cannes' Un Certain Regard winner Michel Franco (After Lucía) and his sister Victoria; and Fernando Eimbcke's (Duck Season, Lake Tahoe) third feature film untitled Club Sándwich.

The Feature Film competition will also include the and the directorial debuts Workers directed by José Luis Valle,  La vida después / The Life After by David Pablos, Samuel Kishi Leopo's Somos Mari Pepa (pictured right), Los insólitos peces gato / The Amazing Catfish (pictured top left) from Claudia Sainte-Luce.

Rounding up the competition are Cannes' Un Certain Regard favorite La Jaula de Oro by Diego Quemada-Diez; Las horas muertas, the sophomore film by Aarón Fernández (Used Parts); and Eduardo Villanueva's Penumbra / Darkness which premiered at the Rotterdam Film Festival.

This year's films competing for Best Feature Documentary film include Los años de Fierro by Santiago Esteinou, Atempa, sueños a orillas del río by Edson Caballero Trujillo, Nuria Ibáñez's El cuarto desnudo / The Naked Room, Elevador / Elevator directed by Adrián Ortiz Maciel, El hombre detrás de la máscara / The Man behind the Mask by Gabriela Obregón, Pablo Tamez Sierra's Lejanía, Oasis by Alejandro Cárdenas, Quebranto / Disrupted directed by Roberto Fiesco, Rosario by Shula Erenberg and Tochi by director Misael Alva Alva.

The festival, which is a forum to promote the new talents of Mexican as well as contribute to the cultural and tourist activities of the state of Michoacán. There are four competitive sections the Mexican Short Film, Mexican Documentary, Michoacán Section and Mexican Feature. As the Morelia Film Festival is officially recognized by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, the winning short films of Fiction, Animation and Documentary are eligible to be considered for an Oscar nomination.

The Morelia International Film Festival will take place on October 18th through the 27th in Mexico.