Cananeacananea

Directed by Marcela Fernández Violante
Mexico, Drama, 1976
120 min, Color

Cast: Yolanda Cianii, Carlos Bracho, Milton Rodrígues, José Carlos Ruiz, Steve Wilensky, Victor Alcocer, Felipe Casanova, Beatriz Sheridan

 

Colonel William Greene, in an expedition across the Sonoran desert, stumbles upon large copper reserves. Almost immediately he decides to set up mines and he quickly becomes one of the wealthiest men in the region. His ambition however, leads him to mistreat and exploit the men working in the mines. Their reaction and decision to strike eventually sets off one of the bloodiest chapters in Mexican history and triggers the Mexican Revolution.


 

About Marcela Fernández Violante:

marcelafviolanteMarcela Fernández Violante was born in Mexico City in 1941. She studied literature and drama at the National University of Mexico (UNAM), and screenwriting and direction at the Centro Universitario de Estudios Cinematográficos (CUEC). After directing award winning short films, including one of the first attempts at presenting the life of Frida Khalo in film (Frida Kahlo, 1970), Fernández Violante made her first feature film, De todos modos Juan te llamas (1974), a critique of the religious wars in the post-revolutionary Mexico, which won awards for Best First Feature. Her film Cananea (1976), won an Ariel for Best Cinematography, featuring a unique collaboration between the director and the great cinematographer Gabriel Figueroa. Other films directed by her include Misterio (1979), winner of nine Ariels, and Nocturno amor que te vas (1986).

Marcela Fernández Violante is recognized both for her work as a director as well as for her contribution as a researcher. She is currently the Secretary General of the film industry workers union in Mexico (STPC) and a committee member of SOGEM, the Mexican Writers Association.