About Alejandra Márquez Abella


The Filmmaker to Filmmaker: Conversations from the Director’s Chair annual program pairs two complementary film directors on stage together, discussing their artistic vision, process, and bodies of work, surrounded by screenings of their films. This year’s program pairs two visionary filmmakers who each have new films in 2018, Alejandra Márquez Abella and Lucrecia Martel.

Alejandra Márquez Abella is a writer/director who was born in San Luis Potosí, Mexico, and studied filmmaking at Centre d’Estudis Cinematogràfics de Catalunya in Barcelona. She is currently based in Mexico City and works in film and television. Her first two feature films, Semana Santa (2015) and The Good Girls (2018), both premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival.

Born in Argentina, Lucrecia Martel is considered a master filmmaker in the international film community. Her four feature films have premiered at the world’s top film festivals—Cannes, Berlin, Venice, Toronto, New York, Sundance, and Rotterdam—and retrospectives of her work have been widely exhibited. Martel has served on official film juries and taught masterclasses around the world. Filmmaker Pedro Almodóvar said of her work, “When you discover an auteur so original, mature, and elusive as Lucrecia Martel, you feel as if you’re witnessing a miracle.”

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