Franco stunned the world with his impressive 2009 feature debut Daniel and Ana, which focussed on a pair of affluent siblings who are kidnapped and forced to endure unfathomable emotional violence. And his star has been rising ever since. He won Un Certain Regard at Cannes with After Lucia (2012) and has attracted huge acclaim with his subsequent films: Through the Eyes (2014), Chronic (2015) and April’s Daughter (2017), as well as building a wide-ranging body of work as a producer, which includes 2019’s extraordinary Workforce. With films that are complex and not so easily categorised, Franco has proven a sharply observant chronicler of the increasing desperation and fury of Mexico’s exploited working class, but is also attuned to the dysfunction and moral decay of the country’s elite. New Order, which screens in this festival, brings together these two social groups in spectacular fashion, delivering an explosive, dystopian ‘Mexican disaster movie’. In it, the put-upon rise up against the privileged. It’s not an easy watch by any means, but this deserved winner of Venice Film Festival’s Grand Jury Prize presciently captures the anger of our times. We’re honoured to welcome Michel Franco to the BFI London Film Festival to talk about his career.

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