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2013 Cannes Film Festival Predictions: Michel & Vicky Franco’s A los ojos

#26. Michel & Vicky Franco’s A los ojos

Gist: Featuring mostly non-actors, A los ojos is a docu-fiction hybrid about a mother (Año bisiesto‘s Monica del Carmen) who works as a social worker in aiding, integrating and rehabilitating children suffering from homelessness in Mexico City, while her son, Omar struggles with life-long problems with his eyesight.

Prediction: 2009 was a huge first step for Franco with Daniel and Ana (Cannes – Directors’ Fortnight ’09) but 2012 proved to be an even bigger year for the filmmaker – winning the top prize in the Un Certain Regard for After Lucia. Representing what could be a huge year for Mexican cinema in Cannes, Franco has been in the works with this project for a while now (he briefly discussed it with us last May), and though the Main Comp would be the logical step up, we think that this might once again play next door in the Salle Debussy (UCR’s headquarters).


Eric Lavallée is the founder, CEO, editor-in-chief, film journalist, and critic at, established in 2000. A regular at Sundance, Cannes, and Venice, Eric holds a BFA in film studies from the Mel Hoppenheim School of Cinema. In 2013, he served on the narrative competition jury at the SXSW Film Festival. He was an associate producer on Mark Jackson’s "This Teacher" (2018 LA Film Festival, 2018 BFI London). In 2022, he was a New Flesh Juror for Best First Feature at the Fantasia International Film Festival. Current top films for 2023 include The Zone of Interest (Glazer), Inside the Yellow Cocoon Shell (Pham Thien An), Totem (Lila Avilés), La Chimera (Alice Rohrwacher), All Dirt Roads Taste of Salt (Raven Jackson).


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