April's Daughter

April's Daughter (Spanish: Las hijas de abril) is a 2017 Mexican drama film directed by Michel Franco.[1] It was screened in the Un Certain Regard section at the 2017 Cannes Film Festival, where it won the Jury Prize in that section.[2][3][4]

April's Daughter
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Film poster
Directed byMichel Franco
Written byMichel Franco
StarringEmma Suárez
Release date
  • 20 May 2017 (2017-05-20) (Cannes)
Running time
102 minutes


Valeria (Ana Valeria Becerril), 17, is pregnant. She lives in Puerto Vallarta, with Clara (Joanna Larequi), her half sister, who is calm, but lives with depression and is overweight. Valeria does not want her mother, April (Emma Suárez), who has been absent for a long time, to know about her pregnancy but, due to economic limitations and the overwhelming responsibility of having a baby at home, Clara decides to call her mother. April arrives with a great desire to see her daughters, but we soon see why Valeria did not want to get in touch with her. It is "the story of an adult woman who refuses to feel 'overtaken' by her own daughters in generational terms, without realising that she has been left behind in more important aspects, such as emotional and psychological, among others."


  • Emma Suárez as Abril
  • Ana Valeria Becerril as Valeria
  • Hernán Mendoza as Gregorio
  • Ivan Cortes as Jorge
  • Enrique Arrizon as Mateo
  • Joanna Larequi as Clara


  1. ^ Badt, Karin (3 June 2017). "Michel Franco's "April's Daughter" Premieres at Cannes: Broken Families in the Mexican Sun". Huffington Post. Retrieved 3 June 2017.
  2. ^ "The 2017 Official Selection". Cannes. 13 April 2017. Retrieved 13 April 2017.
  3. ^ "2017 Cannes Film Festival Announces Lineup: Todd Haynes, Sofia Coppola, 'Twin Peaks' and More". IndieWire. 13 April 2017. Retrieved 13 April 2017.
  4. ^ Lodge, Guy (27 May 2017). "'A Man of Integrity,' 'Wind River,' 'Barbara' Take Un Certain Regard Awards at Cannes". Variety. Retrieved 27 May 2017.

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