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"Nazarín is a Quixote of the priesthood "
"Among the films I have made in Mexico, Nazarin is one that I prefer."
"As inexplicable as the accidents that set it off, our imagination is a crucial privilege."
Luis Buñuel


  

Following Nazarin belongs to the documentary genre, although it is a creative documentary, in which the knowledge of the director about the film Nazarín -directed by Luis Buñuel in 1959- and Luis Buñuel (Javier Espada is the director of the Calanda Buñuel Center since its creation in 2000) merge into a trip down memory lane, accompanied by photographs taken by Buñuel in the film scouting and photographs taken during the shooting by Manuel Alvarez Bravo. Most of these pictures are displayed for the first time.

A research work has allowed locate all places photographed by Buñuel in the State of Morelos. These findings are offered to the spectator, to his sensitivity and intelligence, accompanied by original music composed by Sergio González Carducci.

Following Nazarín tells the story of a shooting in which converged, in an extraordinary way, a group of artists and technicians that a posteriori, and each in their area, signaled the evolution of a very important part of the cinema, the photography and interpretation, not only in Mexico but internationally. Our film is a thrilling journey following the footsteps of this enthusiastic and transgressive group of artists led by Luis Buñuel, where we rediscover the sites where they located and recorded the history of the Galdosian Father Nazario.

Filmmakers, artists and especially friends, joined us in this tour of the villages of the State of Morelos, all of them marked by the story of Nazarin. In our film also people talk about Buñuel himself, since his films are so personal that without speaking about the filmmaker it is impossible to approach his work.

Although it is a documentary about a movie, it is raised so that all audiences can see it, and do not need to have prior knowledge or Nazarin or the Buñuel biography.

The cinephile audience, however, will find many more references and can appreciate more the contents of this trip down memory of a filming.

To filmmakers students Following Nazarín offers important information on how to work one of the greatest filmmakers of all time, references to the Mexican film industry at the time, and other elements related to the process of artistic creation, although this is not a didactic documentary, the poetic force of the Buñuel films is reflected, alive and inspiring.

This film is like other films that explore the relationship between directors and films, such as:

  • Document Fanny and Alexander by Ingmar Bergman
  • Directed by Andrei Tarkovsky by Michal Leszczylowsk
  • Hearts of Darkness: A Filmmaker's Apocalypse by Eleanor Coppola
  • The weight of Dreams by Les Blank, a documentary about the shooting of Fitzcarraldo by Werner Herzog

It is remarkable that Gabriel Figueroa achieved one of the best photography in the Buñuel films by integrating the hard Mexican landscape in the history of the wandering priest. Such a perfect picture that can go unnoticed. The frames, as evidenced by photographs taken by Buñuel himself, were already planned.

Following Nazarin is a film dedicated to all those who, like Buñuel, have found their land in another land.