English Version: Diego Lizondo
Cuórum Morelia celebrates its 2019 edition at the Clavijero Cultural Center of the Ministry of Culture, after three editions as Morelia’s Sexual Diversity Program. On this occasion, the University of Morelia and the experimental Jeudi 27 Cinema will also be part of the exhibitions. In addition, the extension of its activities will begin on October 28 at the municipalities of Pátzcuaro and Zamora thank you to the support of the Ministry of Culture, Government of Michoacán.
- TRIBUTE TO MICHOACAN TEO HERNÁNDEZ.
Cuórum Morelia in collaboration with investigator and curator Andrea Ancira, begins with the recognition of the filmmaker Teo Hernández, born in Ciudad Hidalgo, Michoacán, on December 23rd, 1939. The festival will screen the films: Estrellas de Ayer (The Stars from Yesterday, 1969) Nuestra Señora de París (Our Lady of Paris, 1981-1982), and Tablas de Invierno (Tables d’hiver, 1978-1979).
- IV SEXUAL AND GENDER DIVERSITY PROGRAM (Official Mexican Competition)
For the fourth consecutive time, Cuórum Morelia, formerly Morelia’s Sexual Diversity Program, will present a selection of Mexican short films that will compete for the second time for the Silver Camelina, designed by Sangre de mi sangre. We are very enthusiastic to be the center of this project. In times of transformation, projects that break paradigms are necessary and must take place urgently to accept that our wealth is our diversity.
The Mexican short film competition, the first Cuórum selection, will remain the reason for the festival. The selection combines the diversity of states such as: Aguascalientes, Nayarit, Jalisco, State of Mexico, Nuevo León and, of course, Michoacán, including Cinthya Zavala’s Iluminaria, awarded the Diosa de la Fertilidad de las Artes in the Second State Short Film Exhibition of Clavijero. Risky projects led by filmmakers from Puebla, Quintana Roo and the most prominent film schools such as Centro de Capacitación Cinematográfica (CCC) or the newly renovated National School of Cinematographic Arts (ENAC). Proposals revealing a Mexico that questions itself to become a resilient and strong country. New short films will be evaluated by a specialized jury that will award the Silver Camelina to the most outstanding short film about sexual diversity and/or gender, along with a cash prize of $50,000.00. In addition, the traditional prize of the audience will be awarded for the fourth year.
Cuórum Morelia received 87 registered works from the four regions of the Mexican Republic, including Michoacán in the Pacific region. Of these, 26 short films are directed by women from which seven and one co-direction were selected. This year’s selection includes 16 short films from the Mexico.
This year, the jury that will award the Silver Camelina is made up of: Renato Galamba, responsible for the sales and distribution strategy of the Latin American distribution agency FiGa Films; Francisca Lucero, member of the documentary selection committee of the Cinélatino – Rencontres de Toulouse and coordinator of FIDLab, international co-production platform of the International Film Festival of Marseille; Doly Mallet journalist and correspondent based in New York and writer of the book Mordiendo manzanas y besando sapos; María José Staffolani, screenwriter, producer, editor and director of the films Colmena and Román (Mirador Section, 2018). Jazz Vilá, prominent leader of contemporary Cuban theater and nominated for the Goya Award by Juan de los Muertos directed by Alejandro Brugués.
- MIRADOR (National and international premieres of films and documentaries, out of competition).
As part of Mirador, section of national and international premieres, Cuórum is pleased to announce the premiere in Mexico of These Peculiars Days by Mexican filmmaker Chucho E. Quintero, who participated in the competition with his short film Panquecito (Muffin) last year. His third film will be closing the Cuórum award ceremony this October 26th. The premiere will be attended by the director and the cast.
Mirador will also feature Mexican co-productions that will be presented in Michoacán: Love me not by Luis Miñarro, premiered at the last UNAM International Film Festival (FICUNAM); Siempre Sí by Alberto Fuguet, selected film in the “Vanguard and Genre” section of the Buenos Aires International Festival of Independent Cinema (BAFICI); and the national premiere of the documentary Me and Mr. Mauri, made by Dr. Osa Hidalgo de la Riva, that uses footage from the lives of six Latinos in San Francisco who died of HIV during the first phase of the pandemic. In collaboration with Colmena 41, the premiere will be attended by its director and Professor Sergio de la Mora from the University of California.
The opening movie of Cuórum will be the most recent winner of the Teddy Prize at the Berlinale, Brief History from the Green Planet, which will be accompanied by its protagonists Romina Escobar and Luis Sodá. From the Berlinale Forum, we will have the presence of director Jessie Jeffrey Dunn Rovinelli who will present the German-American co-production So Pretty. We will also have the presence of Anastasia Biefang and Samantha Sokolowski to present the German documentary directed by Thomas Ladenburguer, Ich bin Anastasia (I am Anastasia), about the first trans woman to be commander in the German army. We will present the Latin American premiere of Adam, first film by Rhys Ernest, director of the series Transparent at Amazon Studios. We appreciate the invaluable support of the Sundance Institute and the Sundance Festival. These exhibitions will be presented and moderated by actress and TV presenter Alejandra Bogue.
For the second year in a row we will have the great honor of receiving Marthe Djilo and Frieda Ekotto to present their most recent audiovisual work, Zurura Zurura, a visual poem by two women who, in the distance, manage to meet again through word and image. Both will participate in a conversation about black bodies and present the documentary Vibrancy of silence: A discussion with my sisters.
In collaboration with our partners at the Quintana Roo International Film Festival, Árbol Rojo, headed by Alejandro Silveira, we will have the Latin American premiere of Nevrland by Gregor Schmidinger.
Cuórum Morelia is pleased to announce a special invitation to the Maguey Award of the Guadalajara International Film Festival (FICG), to present the most recent feature that obtained this award in its latest edition: One taxi ride by Mak Chun Kit. Special thanks to the director of the FICG Estrella Araiza, as well as Pavel Cortés, content director of the Maguey Award and Pepe Ruiloba, Programming Coordinator, for having accepted this invitation to such a special edition of Cuórum. The exhibition of the film will be attended by director Mak Chun.
Mirador will also include a selection of films about gender and diversity from countries such as Guatemala with José by Li Cheng, Spain with Carmen and Lola by Arantxa Echeverría, France-Israel with Synonyms by Nadav Lapid, Italy-Sweden with Normal by Adele Tulli and Brazil-United States with Socrates by Alexandre Moratto, winner of the Someone to Watch Award at the Independent Spirit Awards.
After presenting international short films twice in our past editions of festivals such as the Berlin International Queer Film Festival XPOSED, and the Bilbao Gaylesbitrans Film and Performing Arts Festival ZINEGOAK, Cuórum Morelia will present Paladar, section dedicated to international short films curated by Patricia Ríos and that includes films such as: Entropía by Flora Anna Buda; the 2019 Teddy Award winner for best short film, Héctor by Victoria Giesen Carvajal; Self destructive boys by André Santos and Marco Leão; the winning short film of the Queer Palm 2018, The Orphan by Carolina Markowicz; Parsi by Mariano Blatt and Teddy Williams; Anjo by Miguel Nunes; the winner of the Berlinale Silver Bear for Best Short Film, Blue Boy by Manuel Abramovich; and, in tribute to the recently deceased queer film director, Barbara Hammer, we will present Evidentiary Bodies, one of her latest film collaborations.
The academic development program of Cuórum Morelia, in collaboration with the Mexican Institute of Cinematography (IMCINE), PROYECTOS’19, announces the calls for academic projects that will take place from October 23 to 27 at the Clavijero Cultural Center of Morelia of the Secretary of Culture of Michoacán.
PROYECTOS – CUÓRUM IMCINE seeks that each selected student can learn, connect and communicate with the cinematographic environment from areas such as filmmaking, film interpretation and film journalism, in an environment of collective collaboration under the mentoring of professionals of this industry.
The three calls are set forth below and are aimed at film students, professionals, photographers, cultural entrepreneurs, journalists, artists, graduates or students of communication, design, film, literature, history, or related courses. The calls will remain open from September 20 to October 4.