While Michel Franco‘s previous film “Chronic” didn’t earn unanimous praise, it certainly made an impression on those who sparked to it. The Tim Roth-starring drama won Best Screenplay at Cannes in 2015, and last year it was nominated at the Indie Spirit awards for Best Feature and Best Male Lead. Now the director is returning to the Croisette where he hopes to continue his good fortune with “April’s Daughter,” which will screen in the ‘Un Certain Regard’ section.
Starring Emma Suárez, Hernán Mendoza, Iván Cortés, Joanna Larequi, and Enrique Arrizon, the story follows a seventeen year-old girl who reluctantly returns home when she becomes pregnant. Here’s the official synopsis:
Valeria is 17 and pregnant. She lives in Puerto Vallarta with Clara, her half sister.
Valeria has not wanted her long-absent mother, April, to find out about her pregnancy, but due to the economic strain and the overwhelming responsibility of having a baby in the house, Clara decides to call their mother.
April arrives, willing to her daughters, but we soon understand why Valeria had wanted her to stay away.
Intriguing stuff, and one to watch when it arrives on the Croisette next month.