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Top 20 Alternative Picks for Cannes 2012: Michel Franco’s After Lucia

After Lucia – Michel Franco

Buzz: I was intensely enthusiastic about the skill levels from this Mexican filmmaker way back in 2009 after having been witness to his nightmarish, gut-wrenching directorial debut in Daniel and Ana (2009’s Directors’ Fortnight), and now Michel Franco is moving up in the festival by taking the logical step up into the Un Certain Regard section. Worth noting: great poster one sheet that further explains how the family dynamic has steered of its natural course.

Gist: Alejandra and her dad Roberto have just moved to town. She is new at school, he has a new job. Starting over is sometimes complicated when you have left so much behind.

Eric Lavallée is the founder, CEO, editor-in-chief, film journalist, and critic at IONCINEMA.com, 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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