“50 or two whales” triumphs at the Morelia Festival

MEXICO CITY (AP) – The violent romance between two suicidal youths “50 or two whales meet on the beach” swept the Morelia International Film Festival awards Monday.

Jorge Cuchí’s film won the award for best Mexican feature film, while its protagonists, José Antonio Toledano and Karla Coronado, received the best actor and actress, respectively.

“I’m very proud, it’s as if my children had won,” said Cuchí, who received the honors on behalf of his actors. After four years of working on the project, he described his triumph in the 19th edition of Morelia as “a great closing of the cycle” and jokingly added: “Let’s hope something else occurs to me.”

“50 or two whales” is inspired by the “challenge of the blue whale” – a series of 50 challenges shared a few years ago on the internet that incited young people to self-flagellate to suicide – while portraying a youth who grows isolated from their families in Mexico City.

The award for best direction went to the pair of Rodrigo Plá and Laura Santullo for “El otro Tom”, a film about a single Latino mother with a son with attention deficit disorder who does not find an empathetic response from the authorities in United States.

For the first time, the award for best fiction feature film script was awarded, which went to director Ángeles Cruz of “Nudo Mixteco”, a film about abuses committed against women in a small indigenous community in Oaxaca. “Nudo Mixteco” also won the audience award.

The festival, which for the second year was held in a hybrid format (digital and face-to-face) due to the pandemic, presented films on the streaming platforms Cinépolis Klic and FilminLatino as well as on Channel 22, in addition to its headquarters in Morelia, in the western state. from Michoacán, where, according to the organizers, they received 18,000 attendees.

The award ceremony was held in room 4 of the Cinépolis Centro complex and was presented by the founders of FICM, Daniela Michel, Alejandro Ramírez and Cuauhtémoc Cárdenas Batel.

In the Mexican documentary category, “Las hostilidades” by M. Sebastian Molina was recognized, about the ravages of violence in the town of Santa Lucía, where the director is from. The film stars his family and was filmed as an exercise at the Centro de Capacitación Cinematográfica (CCC), where Molina studied.

Teresa Camou Guerrero received the award for female documentary filmmakers for the feature film “Cruz”, Isabel Vaca won the audience award for “Field Season” and Juan Javier Pérez a special mention for “Vaychiletik”.

In the short film categories, the animated film “Socrates’ speleological odyssey” by Aria Covamonas, the short documentary “Yollotl (Heart)” by Fernando Colin Roque and the fiction short film “The motorcyclist does not fit happiness in the suit ”By Gabriel Herrera. Hugo Magaña’s “The Fourth Door” was awarded in the online short film category. The jury’s special prize went to “Alma y paz”, by Cris Gris, while “La libertad interna” by Porfirio López Mendoza won the award from the Michoacan section.

“Benigno Cruz” by Jorge Hernández, “Letters from the country of the Tarahumaras” by Federico Cecchetti and “A place called music” by Enrique M. Rizo received post-production support from the seventh edition of Impulso Morelia.

The FICM jury this year was made up of Volker Schlöndorff, Philippe Claudel, Mark Cousins, Sadie Tillery, Tatiana Huezo, Ehsan Khoshbakht, Elizabeth Lo, Clementine Dramani Issifou, Luna Marán, José Rodríguez, Manuel Elías López Monroy and Paula Amor.

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