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‘Without particular signs’ triumphs at the Morelia Festival

The festival, in its 18th edition, was held in digital and face-to-face format due to the pandemic.


‘Sin particulars’ was the top winner of the first hybrid edition of the Morelia International Film Festival.

The film by director Fernanda Valadez, about a mother looking for her missing son, won the award for best Mexican feature film and the audience award, the festival announced Monday morning. Likewise, the protagonist of the film, Mercedes Hernández, won the award for best actress.

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The festival, in its 18th edition, It was carried out in digital and face-to-face format due to the pandemic, getting viewers beyond Morelia to see the films of its official selection through streaming platforms in addition to its headquarters in that city in the western state of Michoacán.

To comply with the security measures for the coronavirus, the awards ceremony on Sunday night was modest and was held in room 4 of the cinema complex where the festival takes place, instead of the traditional gala with red carpet and guests at the Ocampo Theater in Morelia. The founders of the FICM, Daniela Michel, Alejandro Ramírez and Cuauhtémoc Cárdenas Batel, read the minutes of the winners without them giving acceptance speeches or having a subsequent celebration.

The award for the best actor in a Mexican feature film went to the Dutch Martijn Kuiper for his work on ‘Ricochet’, an evocative story of grief about a foreign man living in a small Mexican town.

The award for the best direction of a Mexican fiction feature film went to Nicolás Pereda for ‘Fauna’, a film about a family that reunites after years without seeing each other and his fifth with the actress Luisa Pardo. The film, with a rather playful and experimental tone, challenges the viewer to question the clichés of acting and the impact that the narrative of drug trafficking in film and TV has on society.
‘Tu’un Savi’, by Uriel López España, received the award for the best Mexican documentary feature film. The film portrays the problem of indigenous languages ​​in danger of disappearing, including the one known as Tu’un Sávi.

The Impulso Morelia initiative, in its sixth edition, recognized the post-production projects ‘Cruz’ by Teresa Camou, ‘Lovers say goodbye with their eyes’, by Rigoberto Perezcano, and ‘Letters at a distance’ by Juan Carlos Rulfo.

As for short films, ‘Coche’ by Santiago Fábregas, from the online selection; the documentary ‘(Ecos del volcano)’ by Saúl Kak and Charles Fairbanks, and the fiction short ‘Pinky Promise’ by Indra Villaseñor Amador.
‘Voces en la línea’ by Jessica Herreman was awarded in the Michoacan section.

The jury chose the winners from among 89 films that were part of the official selection and was made up of Marisa Paredes, Vanja Kaludjercic, Rithy Panh, Lili Hinstin, Nick James, Nicolas Philibert, John Bailey, Farah Clémentine Dramani-Issifou, Patricia Riggen, Sébastien Duclocher, Hugo Villa Smythe, Samuel Kishi and Benoît Martin.


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