Mexican films based on great books at Instituto Cervantes Intramuros


During the month of September, Instituto Cervantes and the Embassy of Mexico will treat Manila moviegoers to “La Literatura en el cine mexicano”, a series of Mexican films based on classic literary works. The film cycle, to be held every Saturday at the new premises of Instituto Cervantes in Intramuros, is an invitation to discover and enjoy the richness and variety of Mexican literature and cinema.




The classic films from the “Golden Period” of Mexican Cinema, La rosa blanca (1961), Los albañiles (1966), Doña Bárbara (1943), Santa (1931) and Pedro Páramo (1943) will be shown at the Instituto Cervantes de Manila – Intramuros during the Saturdays of the month of September, at 6pm.


The film series will kick off on the 1st of September, at 6pm, with the screening of La rosa blanca (1961). The story is about a peasant called Jacinto Yañez who owns a ranch in the middle of the land that foreign oil companies have bought for their exploitation. A representative of the oil companies offers Jacinto a large amount of money for his land, but he refuses, triggering a series of problem for his family.


The second slate of the film cycle will be on September 8, 6pm, with Los albañiles. Directed by Jorge Fons in 1976, Los albañiles explores several cases of corruption linked to some unsolved crimes.


The masterfully-crafted drama Doña Bárbara (1943), based on the classic novel by Rómulo Gallegos, will be shown on 15 September, at 6pm. After studying law in Caracas, Santos Luzardo returns to take charge of his herd in Altamira, in the Venezuelan plain controlled by doña Barbara. The woman has the peasants under her thumb, through a mixture of guile, firm hand and witchcraft. The encounter between doña Barbara and Santos causes her to fall in love with the young man and to try to make him hers whatever the cost.


The melodrama Santa will be shown on September 22. Based on a novel by Federico Gamboa, it was directed by Antonio Moreno in 1931. It tells the story of Santa, a humble girl who lives happily with her family in a small town until Marcelino, a soldier that arrives in her home town, seduces and abandons her. Because of this she suffers the shame of being thrown out of her home and being condemned to prostitution.


The film series will conclude on August 29 with the drama Pedro Páramo, directed by Carlos Velo in 1966. Based on the famous novel by Juan Rulfo, it is about Juan Preciado, who, walking through the Jalisco mountains, arrives at Comala looking for his father, Pedro Páramo, to demand what is rightfully his, due to a promise given to his mother on her death bed.


With the said screening program, the Embassy of Mexico and its partners aim for the public and lovers of good cinema to discover and understand the great complexity of Mexican culture, looking through the window of these films to see what Mexico is and where it comes from.

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