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April’s Daughter

Michel Franco
Las hijas de Abril
Mexico  2017 / 103’
A Skin So Soft Before We Vanish

Seventeen-year-old Valeria lives with her older sister, Clara, in a lovely home in Puerto Vallarta that belongs to their mother, Abril. She no longer seems to have a presence in her daughters' lives, so Valeria does not want to tell her that she is expecting a baby. In the end, however, Clara, concerned about the situation, calls their mother. Abril arrives and smothers the girls with a colossal amount of support and tenderness. Her involvement, however, fairly quickly stops resembling typical maternal concern. Taking advantage of Emma Suárez's great intuition and talent, as seen in Julieta, Michel Franco has created a surprisingly nuanced portrait of the many different shades of motherhood. He takes the clichéd subject of toxic relationships between parents and children to a whole new, unexpected level. In his approach and understanding of intricate feminine relationships, he could compete with the master himself, Pedro Almodóvar. With April's Daughter,Franco proves that he is one of the most interesting young filmmakers in world cinema.

Katarzyna Wolanin

awards

Cannes IFF 2017 - Un Certain Regard - Special Jury Prize

Michel Franco

Michel Franco was born in Mexico City in 1979. He started his career by making short films. His feature debut appeared in the Quinzaine des Réalisateurs section at Cannes, and his second film, After Lucia, won the Un Certain Regard section. In 2015, he received an award for best screenplay at Cannes, for Chronic. He has also been victorious as a producer, in Venice, for example, where Lorenzo Vigas's film From Afar captured a Golden Lion.

Filmography

2003 Między nami / Entre dos (short)

2009 Daniel & Ana

2012 Pragnienie miłości / After Lucia / Después de Lucía

2015 Opiekun / Chronic

2017 Córki April / April's Daughter / Las Hijas de Abril

Cast & Crew

director Michel Franco
screenplay Michel Franco
cinematography Yves Cape
editing Jorge Weisz, Michel Franco
sound Federico González Jordán
cast Emma Suárez, Ana Valeria Becerril, Joanna Larequi, Enrique Arrizon
producer Michel Franco, Lorenzo Vigas, Moises Zonana
production Lucia Films
sales MK2
language Spanish
colouration colour