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Paul Weitz presented Santa, by Antonio Moreno, at the 16th FICM

By: Gustavo R. Gallardo

The American director Paul Weitz, together with the founder and general director of the Morelia International Film Festival (FICM), Daniela Michel, presented the screening of Santa (1932), by Antonio Moreno, as part of the activities of Special Program: Alex Philips.

Paul Weitz presentó Santa, de Antonio Moreno, en el 16° FICM

Paul Weitz, Roberto Fiesco and Daniela Michel.

Santa, starring Lupita Tovar, narrates the life of Santa, a woman who, after being seduced by a soldier, is rejected by her family and forced to leave her town to go to Mexico City, where she becomes a prostitute. In a corrupt environment, she will seek redemption in the love offered by a famous bullfighter and a selfless blind man who works as a pianist in the brothel.

Weitz, who is also the grandson of the protagonist of the film, said he considers this second screening at FICM is a message from his grandmother, who died a couple of years ago.

About the second adaptation of Federico Gamboa’s homonymous novel, filmmaker Roberto Fiesco said that the historical value of the film is that it is considered the first sound film of Mexican cinema, “This is a hugely important film for national cinematography”.