(Las hijas de Abril)
Original Title: Las hijas de Abril
Running Time: 102min
Film Year: 2017
Category: Knight Competition
Mexican maestro Michel Franco (After Lucia) returns to the Festival with this noirish thriller about maternal instincts in extremis.
Youthful yoga instructor April (Julieta’s Emma Suárez) reunites with her long-estranged—and very pregnant—17-year-old daughter Valeria. Charismatic, vigorous and resourceful, April seems an exceptional adjunct, but this perfect little family starts to splinter anew once Valeria’s baby enters the world and April determines to show that grandmother knows best—at any cost.
Following his characters from the idyll of Puerto Vallarta to the maze of Mexico City, Franco’s cool, unwavering gaze draws us helplessly in, while Suárez brilliantly provokes our sympathies before propelling us along a chilling trajectory right out of Greek tragedy.
This film is also featured in the 2018 Film Festival’s HBO Ibero American Competition Film Category.
Director: Michel Franco
Producer: Michel Franco, Moisés Zonana, Lorenzo Vigas
Screenwriter: Michel Franco
Executive Producer: Tim Roth, Rodolfo Cova, David Zonana
Production Company: Lucía Films
Cinematographer: Yves Cape
Editor: Jorge Weisz, Michel Franco