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  • Mexican director Michel Franco won the Best Screenplay award at Cannes in 2015 for his film "Chronic."

    Mexican director Michel Franco won the Best Screenplay award at Cannes in 2015 for his film "Chronic." | Photo: EFE

Franco's most recent production, "April's Daughter," tells the story of a pregnant teenager.

At the premiere of his latest movie at the Cannes Film Festival, a famous Mexican director noted a trend to make gringo-style movies in Mexico, something he rated as a big mistake.

"The best film is the kind where you see things that are very true, and in which not everything is technology and special effects," Michel Franco told EFE at the debut of his film "April's Daughter," adding that despite feeling "comfortable" filming in the United States, he prefers to shoot his movies in Mexico.

The director, who typically makes films that are more dramatic than spectacular, said it was fundamental "not to underestimate the audience and say ‘Let's go ahead and make something Hollywood-style, but in Mexico.'"

However, Franco said he wasn't criticizing U.S. movies, though he asked that people distinguish between "Hollywood and its creative people."

He hailed the big box-office hauls consistently landed by Mexican actor Eugenio Derbez with commercial productions he makes in his own country "because it all comes together."

The moviemaker, considered one of the great artists of his country, structures his works starting with an exploration of the family, since he considers that "the basis for understanding who we are as individuals and as a society."

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