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1959 | B/N | 94:00

A priest in early twentieth-century rural Mexico embodies what the Gospels say about human goodness and mercy. After defending a prostitute who caused a fire, his once-loyal followers turn against him, backed by the authorities. As he flees, Nazario reconsiders his faith in the light of these events.

Country: México
Direction: Buñuel; Luis
Script: Carballido; Emilio basado en la novela homónima de Benito Pérez Galdós, Buñuel; Luis, Alejandro; Julio
Production: Barbachano Ponce; Manuel
Photography: Figueroa; Gabriel
Sound: Fields; James L.
Music: selecciones musicales de Luis Buñuel, Halffter; Rodolfo
Cast:Macedo; Rita, Rabal; Francisco, Fernández; Jesús, Carrasco; Ada, Molina; Aurora, Bravo; Antonio, López Tarso; Ignacio, Aceves Castañeda; Luis, López; Marga, Murayama; Noé, Guilmáin; Ofelia, Monteros; Rosenda, Reynoso; David
Art direction: Fitzgerald; Edward
Participation year at FICM: 2019

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