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EL EVANGELIO DE LAS MARAVILLAS / DIVINE
Zabaltegi

At the end of the millenium, Mama Dorita and Papa Basilio give shelter to a group of disciples awaiting the end of the world. In their remote Mexican village, the rites of this bizarre religious community are reminiscent of Hollywood biblical films of the 50s. All are welcome at the village, and the congregation opens its arms to Nélida, a prostitute, and Tomasa, a street-wise teenager; both refugees from the misery of everyday life. As Mama Dorita lies dying, it is Tomasa that she chooses as the new prophet to inherit her mantle. In her ascent to religious power, Tomasa rebels and imposes the most unusual rules. Like a queen-bee, she is the only one who can and must have sex with each and every one of the men before the sect can be saved.
BIOGRAPHY
Ripstein was an assistant to Buñuel in El ángel exterminador (The Exterminating Angel, 1962), and directed his first film Tiempo de morir, in 1965. His films have won several awards at the San Sebastian Festival: the Golden Shell in 1993 for Principio y fin (The Beginning and the End), the Special Jury Award in 1978 for El lugar sin límites, and the acting prize (for Ernesto Gómez Cruz) with El imperio de la fortuna, 1986. His most recent works are La reina de la noche (Queen of the Night, 1994) and Profundo carmesí (Deep Crimson).
CAST & CREW
Director
Arturo Ripstein
Screenplay
Paz Alicia Garcíadiego
Photography
Guillermo Granillo
Music
David Mansfield
Cast
Francisco Rabal, Katy Jurado, Carolina Papaleo, Edwarda Gurrola
Running Time
112 m.
Country
Mexico - Spain - Argentina
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