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The Friendly Turn

17.02.2016 - Michel Franco, Paz Lázaro, Gabriel Ripstein

We all love a good behind-the-scenes filmmaking “bromance”, especially when the collaborating friends complement each other as perfectly as Gabriel and Michel. Representatives of the hot new generation of Mexican cinema, they collaborate on each other’s films, swapping the hats of producer and director. Ripstein’s 600 Miles, which won the First Feature Award at last year’s Berlinale, was produced by Franco, and Franco’s Chronic, which competed for the Palme d’Or and won the award for Best Screenplay at Cannes in 2015, was produced by Ripstein. Focusing on the multifaceted nature of their professional relations, the duo discusses collaborative working in good times and in bad.


Michel Franco

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Mexican writer, director and producer. His works include CHRONIC (winner of the Best Screenplay award at Cannes 2015), and AFTER LUCIA (winner of the Best Film Award at Certain Regard at Cannes 2012). He has produced 600 MILES (winner of the Best First Feature award at the Berlinale 2015), and FROM AFAR (winner of the Leone d'Oro at Venice 2015). Lucia Films is currently completing production on THE HEIRS, by Jorge Hernandez. The company is also developing several feature film and television projects.

Paz Lázaro

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Programme manager at Berlinale Panorama and member of the selection committee for Berlinale Competition. She is part of the board of the European Film Academy, a member of the Spanish Film Commission, and has curated other commissioned programmes like the Spanish Film Club Programme in New York. Previously she has been engaged in film production with feature films such as NÓMADAS (2000), THE WITCH AFFAIR (2002), SOBRE EL ARCOR ISIS (2003), and the documentary FALLEN ANGEL: GRAM PARSONS (2004).

Gabriel Ripstein

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Mexican writer, producer, editor and director, coming from a family of filmmakers. He was Senior Vice President of Production for Sony Pictures and oversaw the development and production of over 20 feature films. His debut as a writer, editor and director was 600 MILES, which won the Best First Feature prize at the 2015 Berlinale. He has since gone on to produce Michel Franco's CHRONIC, which won the Best Screenplay award at Cannes and Lorenzo Vigas' FROM AFAR, which won the Golden Lion in Venice.