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Let it be

Déjalo Ser is the story of a Rock Mexican band, who's lead singer is suffering from a lack of inspiration. After a mysterious encounter with a foreign singer (Molly Nilsson), the band embarks with her on a journey to Oaxaca in search of a mysterious psychoactive medicine. A trip inspired by Antonin Artaud exile into Mexico, a search for a primitive, deeper and purer reality.

Shot on Super 8mm with sync dialogues, this guerrilla style road movie, plays homage to George Kuchar's films and transgression cinema in a unique Mexican way. Produced by LE FRESNOY under the tutelage of invited artist and film legend Bela Tarr, 'Let it be' has achieved in the first six months of its completion a special mention at the Morelia International Film Festival 2017, and two selections for international competition, one at Clermont Ferrand International Film Festival 2018 and the other at INDIELISBOA 2018.

  • Txema Novelo
  • Txema Novelo
  • Elodie Wattiaux
  • Molly Nilsson
    Key Cast
  • Project Title (Original Language):
    Déjalo Ser
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  • Runtime:
    23 minutes 13 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    May 1, 2017
  • Production Budget:
    25,000 USD
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    Super 8mm Color Negative
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  • Morelia International Film Festival
    October 25, 2017
    National Premiere
    Special Mention
  • Clermont Ferrand International Film Festival
    Clermont Ferrand
    February 4, 2018
    International Premiere
    April 26, 2018
    Portuguese Premiere
  • Tabor Film Festival
    July 5, 2018
    Croatian Premiere
Distribution Information
  • Le Fresnoy Studio National des Art Contemporains
    Country: France
    Rights: All Rights
Director Biography - Txema Novelo

Mexican Visual Artist and Filmmaker,1982. Lives and works in Mexico City.

He is a graduate of the Vancouver Film School VFS, has bachelor's degree from the University Center for Cinematographic Studies CUEC UNAM, and did a master's program in Film and Arts from the National Study of Contemporary Arts of France LE FRESNOY in Tourcoing, France.

He has participated in the 3rd SAPS Foro the Arte Publico, the Contemporary Art Fair MACO 04 /06 /11 and the 2nd SIVAM Visual Arts Contest in Mexico City. The Contemporary Art Fair ARCO 05 in Madrid, Spain, the FRIEZE 06 Art Fair in London UK, the VII International Call for Young Artists of the Luis Adelantado Gallery in Valencia, Spain, the Image Festival of Toronto 2002 / 2010, the Havana Biennial 03, the International Art Biennial of Mexico-California 09/10 and the 2nd Moscow Biennial of Young Art 2010. His work has also been exhibited individually and collectively in international museums and galleries such as the University Experimental Museum ‘El Eco”and the Carrillo Gil Art Museum both in Mexico City. The ‘Zamek Ujazdowski’ Contemporary Art Museum in Warsaw, Poland, the ‘Reina Sofia’ National Museum of Art and ‘La Casa Encendida’ in Madrid, Spain and the ‘Fundación Telefonica’ Art Space in Buenos Aires, Argentina among others.
His Films have been selected in International Film Festivals such as FICCO, DISTRITAL and the International Morelia Film Festival in Mexico. The International Film Festival Clermont Ferrand in France, INDIELISBOA in Portugal and Tabor Film Festival in Croatia. He was a Berlinale Talent in 2018.


2009 “Still Movie” Short Film, writer & director.
2014 “Love Limits” Short Film, writer & director.
2017 “Let it Be” Short Film, writer & director.

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Director Statement

The normalization of culture in the global capitalist society, has seen the uniformation of dominant popular culture and the departure of traditions and ancient knowledge. More and more young people around the world are listening to the same music, wearing the same clothes and aiming for the same things.

With this film, I tried to create an awareness to the importance of such ancient traditions, specially in México. Not just to preserve them, but also as way way to heal the way we relate and exist in the modern society.