Films

April's Daughter

April's Daughter, "Las hijas de Abril"

Synopsis

Director

17 year-old Valeria is pregnant by her teenage boyfriend, but she hasn’t informed her absent mother April. When her sister Clara goes behind her back and calls April, their mother arrives full of concern, support and tenderness. But once the baby is born, it soon becomes clear why Valeria wanted to keep April as far away as possible.

„What might have been crudely sensationalistic in the hands of a lesser director becomes eerily resonant under Franco’s cool, unobtrusive gaze. „April’s Daughter“ is quietly iconoclastic, making the mère fatale its protagonist while keeping Valeria, the ostensible heroine, in the background for most of the story. The result of Franco’s gambit is to keep us on edge, tantalizing us with the mystery of April’s shadowy psychology. It also allows the formidable Suárez to take the helm in a role that is essentially the inverse of her celebrated performance in last year’s „Julieta“ (dir. Pedro Almodóvar) – Diana Sanchez, Toronto Film Festival


 

Franco Michel

(b. 1979, Mexico City) studied in Communications at the Universidad Iberoamericana in Mexico City and accredited course in Film Direction at the New York Film Academy and made his name directing TV advertisements with Pop Films. In 2009, he wrote and directed his first feature film „Daniel and Ana“ which was selected for Directors’ Fortnight at Cannes Film Festival, and Horizontes Latinos in San Sebastian. His second full-length film „After Lucia“ (2012) was shown many festivals around the world including at PÖFF. „April’s Daughter“ is Franco’s fifth full-length feature.

 

Filmography

  • Daniel and Ana (2009, Daniel ja Ana, PÖFF 2013)
  • Después de Lucía (Pärast Luciat, PÖFF 2012)
  • A los ojos (2014, co-dir)
  • Chronic (2015)
  • Las hijas de Abril (April’s Daughter, 2017)

Schedule

20.11.2017
20:45 - 22:28
Tallinn, 
Apollo Kino Solaris
Hall 3
Subtitles: ENG
Screening code: 041004
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01.12.2017
18:30 - 20:13
Tallinn, 
Coca-Cola Plaza
Hall 8
Subtitles: ENG
Screening code: 150501
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02.12.2017
18:00 - 19:43
Tallinn, 
Kosmos IMAX
Hall IMAX
Subtitles: ENG
Screening code: 161501
Sold out
Screenings with guests might end later than expected.

Programme

Panorama

Film info

Country: Mexico
Year: 2017
Duration: 103 minutes
Language: Spanish
Director: Franco Michel
Producers: Michel Franco, Lorenzo Vigas, Moisés Zonana
Writer: Michel Franco
DOP: Yves Cape
Montage: Jorge Weisz, Michel Franco
Cast: Emma Suárez, Ana Valeria Becerril, Enrique Arrizon, Joanna Larequi, Hernán Mendoza
Production: Lucía Films
Festivals: Cannes (Jury Prize), Karlovy Vary, Melbourne, Toronto, London, Busan

Synopsis

Director

17 year-old Valeria is pregnant by her teenage boyfriend, but she hasn’t informed her absent mother April. When her sister Clara goes behind her back and calls April, their mother arrives full of concern, support and tenderness. But once the baby is born, it soon becomes clear why Valeria wanted to keep April as far away as possible.

„What might have been crudely sensationalistic in the hands of a lesser director becomes eerily resonant under Franco’s cool, unobtrusive gaze. „April’s Daughter“ is quietly iconoclastic, making the mère fatale its protagonist while keeping Valeria, the ostensible heroine, in the background for most of the story. The result of Franco’s gambit is to keep us on edge, tantalizing us with the mystery of April’s shadowy psychology. It also allows the formidable Suárez to take the helm in a role that is essentially the inverse of her celebrated performance in last year’s „Julieta“ (dir. Pedro Almodóvar) – Diana Sanchez, Toronto Film Festival


 

Franco Michel

(b. 1979, Mexico City) studied in Communications at the Universidad Iberoamericana in Mexico City and accredited course in Film Direction at the New York Film Academy and made his name directing TV advertisements with Pop Films. In 2009, he wrote and directed his first feature film „Daniel and Ana“ which was selected for Directors’ Fortnight at Cannes Film Festival, and Horizontes Latinos in San Sebastian. His second full-length film „After Lucia“ (2012) was shown many festivals around the world including at PÖFF. „April’s Daughter“ is Franco’s fifth full-length feature.

 

Filmography

  • Daniel and Ana (2009, Daniel ja Ana, PÖFF 2013)
  • Después de Lucía (Pärast Luciat, PÖFF 2012)
  • A los ojos (2014, co-dir)
  • Chronic (2015)
  • Las hijas de Abril (April’s Daughter, 2017)