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Michel Franco has said that his current film NEW ORDER is not political per se, but rather “an exploration of the social aspects” of how his characters interact with one another as Mexico City implodes in an emergency of class warfare. The director’s claims aside, NEW ORDER is a trenchant political thriller, told in broad, crude strokes that reflect the egregious inequities that poison daily life in the capital.

In Franco’s short, sharp shock of pulp dystopia—the running time is 88 minutes—the poor and the brown raise arms against their rich, pale-skinned employers and oppressors. According to anthropologist José Ignacio Lanzagorta, “it’s impossible to talk of class and poverty without touching the topic of race. It’s very clear that the distribution of income in Mexico is very racialized.”

In this tale of citizen versus citizen, the military is the third element, playing a wild card of disparate factions and divided loyalties. The exponential growth and overcrowding of contemporary Mexico City has, in fact, been met with a highly visible military presence. It goes without saying that in the creation of any “nuevo orden,” redeemable characters are expendable and a fascist expedience prevails.

This AFI Fest presentation will stream through the end of this year’s festival. See link below for details.


AFI Fest Presented by Audi.

Streaming.through October 22.

Following the film, AFI FEST Senior Programmer Claudia Puig leads a conversation with filmmaker Michel Franco.

Michel Franco, New Order (2020), from top: Naian Gonzaléz Norvind (left) and Fernando Cuautle; New Order poster courtesy and © Teorema; Cuautle (left); Dario Yazbek Bernal (left), Patricia Bernal, and Diego Boneta. Images courtesy and © the filmmaker and Teorema.


Filmmaker Michel Franco—elliptical investigator of Mexico’s bourgeois and its discontents—examines the outer limits of the maternal imperative in his trenchant new drama LAS HIJAS DE ABRIL (April’s Daughter), screening twice at AFI FEST 2017.

Emma Suarez—recently seen in Almodovar’s Julietta—stars as Abril, and her adult daughters are played by Ana Valeria Becerril and Joanna Larequi. The women are aided and abetted by Enrique Arrizon, who plays a useful idiot straight out of Pasolini’s school of beautiful-but-dim extras.



Sunday, November 12, at 4 pm, and Wednesday, November 15, at 3:45 pm.

CHINESE SIX-PLEX, 6925 Hollywood Boulevard, Los Angeles.


Ana Valeria Becerril and Emma Suarez in Las hijas de Abril (2017).