×
You will be redirected back to your article in seconds

Morelia Debuts Pix-in-Post Showcase, Impulso Morelia

Awards include cash prize and Cinepolis distrib deal

MORELIA — This year, the Morelia Int’l Film Festival marks its 13th edition with the launch of Impulso Morelia, a works-in-progress showcase that will feature three docus and five full-length fiction projects in post.

“The idea is to establish a dialogue between Mexican filmmakers and international film industry professionals, including festival programmers, sales agents, distributors and producers,“ said Impulso coordinator Andrea Stavenhagen.

At stake are a national distribution deal with leading distrib Cinepolis and a cash prize of $200,000 pesos ($12,000) towards post-production services. An awards committee comprised of Mauricio Duran, UIP’s senior VP of distribution and marketing, Latin America; Cinepolis programming chief Miguel Rivera and indie producer Lynda Myles will decide on the winners.

Screenings, exclusively for industry guests, will be held on October 27, 28, 29 and 30.

Pix-in-Post:

1. “Batallas Intimas” (“Intimate Battles”) (Docu)

Dir. Lucia Gaja

Prod: Caguama Prods.

Five women of different nationalities and the impact of domestic violence on their lives by award-winning docu filmmaker Lucia Gaja whose debut docu “My Life Inside” won a clutch of awards including best documentary at Morelia 2007, and participated in Cannes’ 2008 Critics’ Week.

2. “Casa Caracol” (“Snail House”) (Fiction)

Dir. Jean-Marc Rousseau

Prod: Camara Carnal Films

The feature debut of French-educated Mexican native Rosseau who has made three shorts prior to this drama, was selected by the workshop initiative Locarno Filmmakers Academy in 2013. The mystery thriller turns on a woman called Sofia whose husband vanishes. She seeks refuge in a jungle community where she falls in love with a man called Nico who is later killed. Blaming her, the community turns on her.

3. “Desconsuelo (en dos movimientos)” (Fiction)

(“Grief (in Two Movements) “)

Dir. Roberto Almeida

Prod: Arte 7

Almeida’s studies in industrial design, photography, music and illustration inform his feature debut that centers on a doomed romance plagued by illness.

4. “El corazon del cielo” (“The Heart of the Sky”) (Fiction with docu elements)

Dir. Andrea Bussmann /Nicolas Pereda

Prods: Interior XIII and MDFF

Acclaimed Mexican director Nicolas Pereda teams up with Canadian anthropologist filmmaker Andrea Bussman to focus on a family of Hungarian gypsy refugees who relate the stories of their lives.

5. “Minezota” (Fiction)

Dir. Carlos Enderle

Prod: Baremo Films

A young teacher dreams of having a child but her husband is more interested in his techno-rock band. The arrival of a Mormon missionary and a small time drug dealer disrupts their lives even more. Enderle’s previous film, “Cronicas Chilangas,” has reaped a clutch of international awards, including a Mexican Diosa de Plata prize for best new film in 2010.

6. “Plaza de la Soledad” (Docu)

Dir. Maya Goded

Prods: Mostro Films /La Sombra del Guayabo/Alebrije Producciones

Renowned photographer Maya Gode, brings her still photography exploration of female sexuality, prostitution and gender violence to the big screen. Docu is an up-close and personal conversation with a group of strong women living and working in one of the oldest barrios of Mexico City where prostitution dates back to Aztec times.

7. “Tempestad” (“Tempest”) (Docu)

Dir. Tatiana Huezo

Prods: Pimienta Films / Cactus Films / Terminal Films

Docu tracks a woman on her way home after being released from prison. Her road trip is a reflection on people’s refusal to live in fear from the current wave of violence in Mexico. Recognized by a host of development funds in Europe, Canada and Mexico, including the IDFA Bertha Fund Award for project development, Netherlands.

8. “Zeus” (Fiction)

Dir. Miguel Calderon

Prods: FOPROCINE/Cinepantera/Cinema Maquina/ EFD

The debut feature of video installation artist and writer Miguel Calderon centers on a socially awkward man who lives with his mother, a successful neurosurgeon, with whom he has a tumultuous relationship. He finds refuge in falconry until he falls in love with an officemate. Developed at the Sundance Screenwriters Lab (2013).

More Film

  • 'Curse of La Llorona' Tops International

    'Curse of La Llorona' Tops International Box Office With $30 Million

    Warner Bros. and New Line’s “The Curse of La Llorona” led the way at the international box office, summoning $30 million when it opened in 71 foreign markets. The supernatural thriller collected $26.5 million in North America for a global start of $56.5 million. “La Llorona,” based on the Mexican folklore about the Weeping Woman, [...]

  • Box Office: 'Curse of La Llorona'

    Box Office: 'Curse of La Llorona' Wins Worst Easter Weekend in Over a Decade

    Warner Bros. and New Line’s “The Curse of La Llorona” ascended to the top of domestic box office charts, conjuring $26.5 million when it opened in 3,372 North American theaters. “La Llorona” is the latest horror movie to outperform expectations, further cementing the genre as one of the most reliable box office draws. Even so, [...]

  • FX's 'Snowfall' Panel TCA Winter Press

    John Singleton Hospitalized After Suffering Stroke

    UPDATED with statements from John Singleton’s family and FX Networks John Singleton, the Oscar nominated director and writer of “Boyz N’ the Hood,” has suffered a stroke. Sources confirm to Variety that Singleton checked himself into the hospital earlier this week after experiencing pain in his leg. The stroke has been characterized by doctors as [...]

  • 'Curse of La Llorona' Leads Slow

    'Curse of La Llorona' Leads Slow Easter Weekend at the Box Office

    New Line’s horror pic “The Curse of La Llorona” will summon a solid $25 million debut at the domestic box office, leading a quiet Easter weekend before Marvel’s “Avengers: Endgame” hits theaters on April 26. The James Wan-produced “La Llorona,” playing in 3,372 theaters, was a hit with hispanic audiences, who accounted for nearly 50% [...]

  • Jim Jarmusch in 'Carmine Street Guitars'

    Film Review: 'Carmine Street Guitars'

    “Carmine Street Guitars” is a one-of-a-kind documentary that exudes a gentle, homespun magic. It’s a no-fuss, 80-minute-long portrait of Rick Kelly, who builds and sells custom guitars out of a modest storefront on Carmine Street in New York’s Greenwich Village, and the film touches on obsessions that have been popping up, like fragrant weeds, in [...]

  • Missing Link Laika Studios

    ‘Missing Link’ Again Tops Studios’ TV Ad Spending

    In this week’s edition of the Variety Movie Commercial Tracker, powered by the TV ad measurement and attribution company iSpot.tv, Annapurna Pictures claims the top spot in spending for the second week in a row with “Missing Link.” Ads placed for the animated film had an estimated media value of $5.91 million through Sunday for [...]

  • Little Woods

    Film Review: 'Little Woods'

    So much of the recent political debate has focused on the United States’ southern border, and on the threat of illegal drugs and criminals filtering up through Mexico. But what of the north, where Americans traffic opiates and prescription pills from Canada across a border that runs nearly three times as long? “Little Woods” opens [...]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content