Sundown | Michel Franco Interview [Exclusive]

Sundown directed by Michel Franco

Sundown directed by Michel Franco

For director and writer Michel Franco, a vacation spot like Acupolco may seem like a perfect paradise. With his film Sundown, the beach paradise is more of an exploration of a place that’s so distant and foreign from all perspectives.

The film stars Tim Roth, Charlotte Gainsbourg, Iazua Larios, Henry Goodman, Albertine Kotting McMillan, and Samuel Bottomley.

Here is the synopsis of the Sundown:

Neil and Alice Bennett (Tim Roth, Charlotte Gainsbourg) are the core of a wealthy family on vacation in Mexico with younger members Colin and Alexa (Samuel Bottomley, Albertine Kotting McMillan) until a distant emergency cuts their trip short. When one relative disrupts the family’s tight-knit order, simmering tensions rise to the fore in this suspenseful jolt from writer/director Michel Franco.

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LRM Online’s Gig Patta spoke with director and writer Michel Franco on the origination of the story from his vacation. We discussed the meaning behind the title, shooting in Acapulco, and keeping the dialogue to the minimum to focus on the characters’ emotions and personalities.

Michel Franco is one of the top Mexican directors today. His film Chronic, which also starred Tim Roth, won the Best Screenplay Award at the 2015 Cannes Film Festival. Las Hijas de Abril won the Jury Prize in Certain Regard at the 2017 Cannes Film Festival. Also, his film Despues de Lucia won the Top Prize in Certain Regard at the 2012 Cannes Film Festival. He produced Gabriel Ripstein’s 600 Millas, which won the Best First Feature Award at the 2015 Berlinale) and Lorenzo Vigas’ From Afar, which won the Golden Lion at the 2015 Venice Film Festival. Last year’s Nuevo Orden (New Order) won the Silver Lion Grandy Jury Prize at the 2020 Venice Film Festival.

Sundown releases in select theaters on Friday, January 28.

Watch the exclusive interview with the director and writer Michel Franco below. Let us know what you think of the interview.

Source: LRM Online Exclusive, Bleecker Street

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