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October 1, 2013updated Oct 26, 2013

The 11th International Film Festival of Morelia

By Chris Boyle

The 11th International Film Festival of Morelia (FICM) is set to open on October 18 with a special screening of Hollywood thriller Gravity by Mexican director Alfonso Cuarón.

The movie – set on board a damaged space shuttle and starring George Clooney and Sandra Bullock – will be shown at Cinepolis Morelia Centro and is followed by a jam-packed schedule of events and screenings.

FICM aims to promote new talent in Mexican cinema and culture within the Michoacán region. The competition has four official sections: Best Mexican Short, Mexican Feature, Mexican Documentary and a section exclusively for films made by Michoacán filmmakers.

This year’s competition features 43 short films, 23 documentaries, 11 works from Michoacán filmmakers and 12 feature films by filmmakers from different states of Mexico including Oaxaca, Baja California, Veracruz, Guerrero and Mexico City.

In the case of the short fiction, documentary and animation selections, the winners will be considered eligible for Oscar nomination.

The renowned Michoacán writer José Rubén Romero will also be honored at the festival, with screenings of La vida inútil de Pito Pérez, adapted from his famous novel and directed by Miguel Contreras Torres and Julio Bracho’s Rosenda.

The Mexican Feature Film Section for 2013 will include In the Eyes, directed by Michel and Victoria Franco; Fernando Eimbcke’s Club Sandwich, Christian Diaz’s González and The Unusual Catfish, directed by Claudia Sainte-Luce.

Just some of the major international screenings set to take place are: Michel Gondry’s Love Indigo; Blue Is the Warmest Color by Abdellatif Kechiche (winner of the Palme d’Or at the Cannes Festival 2013);  Woody Allen’s Blue Jasmine; Inside Llewyn Davis by the Coen Brothers as well as Ridley Scott’s The Counselor, which will act as the festival’s closing film.

There will also be a special feature of one of the favorite films of the year, About Time directed by Richard Curtis.

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The 11th International Film Festival of Morelia (FICM) takes place from 18 to 27 October 2013.

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