APRIL'S DAUGHTER (LAS HIJAS DE ABRIL)
Seventeen-year-old Valeria is pregnant and lives with her sister Clara. She wants to keep her pregnancy a secret from her absent and domineering mother April. When Clara tells April about her sister’s condition, their mother suddenly arrives, full of loving support and promises to help Valeria through this life-changing event. But once the baby is born, April’s true intentions are revealed and it becomes clear why Valeria wanted to keep her mother away. Anchored by fantastic performances from acclaimed Spanish actress Emma Suárez (JULIETA, AFI FEST 2016) and newcomer Ana Valeria Becerril, AFI FEST alum Michel Franco crafts a tense drama that explores how the complexities of family dynamics can lead to chaos. – Jenn Murphy
Director, writer and producer Michel Franco was born in Mexico City. His films AFTER LUCIA (AFI FEST 2012) and CHRONIC (AFI FEST 2015) were major award winners at the Cannes Film Festival. His production credits include Gabriel Ripstein's 600 MILES (2015) and Lorenzo Vigas' FROM AFAR (AFI FEST 2015). APRIL'S DAUGHTER was awarded the Un Certain Regard Jury Prize at the 2017 Cannes Film Festival.