Mexican films now showing in Intramuros

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The Mexican romantic drama ‘Doña Bárbara’ will be shown this weekend, on 15 September.

‘SANTA’ is the first Mexican narrative sound film directed by Antonio Moreno.

Filipino film lovers may now enjoy the richness and variety of Mexican cinema through La Literatura en el Cine Mexicano, a collaboration between Instituto Cervantes and the Embassy of Mexico to show Mexican films based on classic literary works, every Saturday this September at 6 p.m. at the new Intramuros branch of the Spanish Cultural Center, located at Casa Azul, Plaza San Luis Complex.

The film series features classics from the Golden Period of Mexican Cinema, such as La Rosa Blanca (1961), Los Albañiles (1976), Doña Bárbara (1943), Santa (1931) and Pedro Páramo (1967).

The cycle kicked off last 1 September with the screening of La Rosa Blanca, which tells the story of a peasant called Jacinto Yañez, who owns a ranch in the middle of the land that foreign oil companies have acquired for their exploitation.

The Mexican romantic drama Doña Bárbara will be shown this weekend, on 15 September.


Directed by Fernando de Fuentes and based on screenwriter and Venezuelan author Rómulo Gallegos’ classic novel, the film zeroes in on the encounter between the titular character and a young lawyer. Doña Bárbara is a woman who, after a dark past, becomes a powerful and wealthy landowner. She takes out her hostilities on the weaker male sex in her country.

On 22 September, the film cycle will screen Santa directed by Antonio Moreno from the novel by Federico Gamboa. The melodrama, considered to be Mexico’s first talking picture, tells the story of a beautiful, innocent Mexican girl who lives happily with her family until a soldier, Marcelino, arrives in her hometown, seduces and abandons her.

The program concludes on 29 September with the drama Pedro Páramo. Directed by Carlos Velo and based on Juan Rulfo’s famous novel, it chronicles the journey of a young man named Juan Preciado in search of his father, Pedro Páramo. Juan arrives at Comala to demand what is rightfully his, due to a promise given to his mother on her deathbed.

All films are in Spanish with English subtitles. Admission is free on a first-come, first-served basis. For more information, visit the Instituto Cervantes’ website http://manila.cervantes.es or Instituto Cervantes Facebook page www.facebook.com/InstitutoCervantesManila.

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