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.


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).