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FICUNAM 11 is ready to showcase the very best of European cinema

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- The Mexican film festival will take place online between 18 and 28 March, offering a diverse programme of outstanding cinema, all produced (or co-produced) in Europe

FICUNAM 11 is ready to showcase the very best of European cinema
Moon, 66 Questions by Jacqueline Lentzou

Featuring retrospectives dedicated to Taiwanese filmmaker Tsai Ming-Liang and artist/activist Marcelo Expósito (the latter entitled La imaginación radical) and sections including the International Competition, Ahora México, Aciertos (International Film Schools’ Congress) and Atlas, the 11th UNAM International Film Festival - FICUNAM is set to kick off online, with an expertly curated selection of over 100 films from 36 countries. Organised by the Metropolitan Autonomous University of Mexico City in association with the Cultural Promotion Office and the General Directorate for Cinema, the festival has the backing of eminent institutions including the Spanish Cultural Centre in Mexico, the French Institute of Latin America, the Goethe-Institut, Institut Ramón Llull, the Austrian Cultural Forum in Mexico, the Taiwanese Ministry of Culture and the Japan Foundation.

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The jury for the International Competition will comprise filmmakers María Alché (Argentina, A Family Submerged [+see also:
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) and Kleber Mendonça Filho (Brazil, Bacurau [+see also:
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) plus Beatriz Navas, General Director of the ICAA (Spanish Institute of Cinematography and Audiovisual Arts). Theirs is the unenviable task of deciding which films, each exploring different aspects of the cinematic language, will go home with a coveted Puma de Plata. This year’s line-up includes Moon, 66 Questions [+see also:
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(Greece/France), by Jacqueline Lentzou; I Comete - A Corsican Summer [+see also:
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interview: Pascal Tagnati
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(France), by Pascal TagnatiTaming the Garden [+see also:
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(Switzerland/Georgia/Germany), a documentary by Salomé Jashi; A Rifle and a Bag [+see also:
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, a co-production between India, Italy, Qatar and Romania directed by Arya Rothe, Cristina Hanes and Isabella Rinaldi; and Mighty Flash [+see also:
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, by Spanish filmmaker Ainhoa Rodríguez, making its Latin American premiere after a outing at Rotterdam.

The official section, Ahora México, will present some of Mexico’s best new independent films, including two notable co-productions with Spain: La mami [+see also:
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, a documentary by Laura Herrero Galvín (Toledo); and Ricochet, directed by Rodrigo Fiallega, winner of the Best Actor Award (for Martjin Kuiper) at the Morelia International Film Festival.

Meanwhile, the Atlas section — with a programme of 37 films — offers up a global cornucopia featuring the crème de la crème of arthouse cinema. Highlights include European (co) productions including Northern Range, by French director Olivier Derousseau; Orphea [+see also:
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(Germany), by Alexander Kluge and Khavn; Victoria [+see also:
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(Belgium), by Liesbeth De Ceulaer, Sofie Benoot and Isabelle Tollenaere; My Dear Spies [+see also:
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 (France/Russia), by Vladimir León; The Exit of the Trains [+see also:
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interview: Adrian Cioflâncă
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(Romania), by Adrian Cioflâncă and Radu Jude; the cinematic fable Undine [+see also:
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(Germany/France), directed by Christian Petzold; The Salt of Tears [+see also:
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(France/Switzerland), by Philippe Garrel; In the Dusk [+see also:
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(Lithuania/France), by Šarūnas Bartas; Zaho Zay [+see also:
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(Austria/France/Madagascar), by Georg Tiller and Maéva Ranaïvojaona; A Yellow Animal [+see also:
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(Brazil/Portugal/Mozambique), by Felipe Bragança; and Theo and the Metamorphosis [+see also:
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(France/Switzerland), by Damien Odoul.

All of the festival’s activities are free of charge. Cinépolis Klic events will run for 36 hours and spots are limited; once the finish time is reached and/or the quota has been filled, it will no longer be possible to stream the content, which will be available only in Mexico. The MUBI platform is offering Mexican viewers 30 days’ free access on registration at mubi.com/ficunam. All films featured on the microsite Cine en línea de Filmoteca UNAM will be accessible internationally.

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(Translated from Spanish)

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