FICM Mourns the Passing of David Antón
The Morelia International Film Festival (FICM) regrets with deep sorrow the irreparable loss of David Antón, FICM’s closest and most beloved friend, who died on Thursday, December 28.
We celebrate the talent and the extraordinary kindness of this great artist, considered the most prolific set designer in Mexico. Since 1954, when he made the set design of the play Escuela de cortesanos, invited by his mentor Wilberto Cantón, Antón remained active and worked on more than 600 projects, until his 93 years.
A graduate of the National School of Painting, Sculpture and Engraving “La Esmeralda”, David Antón directed his visual arts passion towards stage creation. He developed projects in opera, ballet, commercial theater, classical theater and cinema; and he worked with directors such as Seki Sano, Fernando Wagner, José Solé and José Luis Ibáñez, and with playwriters such as Salvador Novo and Luis G. Basurto.
In 1982 he won an Ariel for Best Setting for the film Rastro de muerte (1981), by Arturo Ripstein. In 2012 he was awarded the medal of Fine Arts, and in 2015 he received the FICM’s prize El Ojo for his outstanding and prolific artistic career, his commitment to the craft and the inventiveness of his work. He also worked in other film productions such as The Holy Mountain (1972), by Alejandro Jodorowsky.
His example will live through his incomparable work and his memory. May he rest in peace.