Michel is a Mexican film director, writer, and producer. He made his feature film debut in 2009 with DANIEL AND ANA, which was selected to the Directors’ Fortnight program at the Cannes Film Festival.
Michel returned to the festival in 2012 with his second feature, AFTER LUCIA, which took home the top prize in the Un Certain Regard section, along with the Silver Hugo Special Jury Prize at the Chicago International Film Festival, and was selected as Mexico’s entry for the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film. Over the course of its commercial run, AFTER LUCIA was seen by nearly one million people.
CHRONIC, Michel’s fourth film as a Writer/Director, won Best Screenplay as part of the Official Selection at the 2015 Cannes Film Festival.
In 2004, Michel founded Pop Films, a production company that, in 2011, became Lucía Films. The most recent production from Lucía Films is 600 MILES, written and directed by Gabriel Ripstein. The film opened the Panorama Special section at the 2015 Berlinale, where it went on to win the Best First Feature Award. It also won the Mezcal Award for Best Mexican Film at the 2015 Guadalajara International Film Festival.
In addition to CHRONIC, Lucía Films’ recent productions include THE HEIRS by Jorge Hernandez and DESDE ALLA, by Lorenzo Vigas. The company is also developing several feature films and television projects.