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Synopsis: The Catholic Church’s pedophilic sex scandals is given an explosive, controversial but oddly wildly entertaining look with this 1960s-set drama based on a true story about Legion of Christ founder and child abuser Marcial Marcial. Julian, an innocent and impressionable 13-year-old, is sent to a seminary to train for the priesthood. He is immediately immersed in this new world of religious training with the over-riding philosophy being, not so much the love of Christ, but the complete obedience to authority. The seminary, with its coterie of older priests beset with sexual tension and ever-so tempted by its young students is lorded over by the handsome and charismatic Father Angel de la Cruz. When the seemingly kindly pastor invites the attractive boy to leave the dormitory to stay at his home to continue his “training,” he feels honored, but soon realizes there is a price: his complete psychological and inevitably, physical surrender to the older man. First-time filmmaker Luis Urquiza, imbues this lurid tale with an  impressive style (the 1960s fashions are especially impressive) and with a memorable soundtrack featuring religious music, Spanish rock and even a bacchanalian scene set to the Rolling Stone’s “Sympathy for the Devil.”

Genre

Drama

Rated

NR

Language

Spanish

Run Time

99 minutes

Subtitles

English

Starring

Juan Manuel Bernal
Sebastian Aguirre
Juan Ignacio Aranda
Alejandro de Hoyos
Luis Ernesto Franco

Directed by

Luis Urquiza

Produced by

Lourdes García
Luis Urquiza

Awards

Montreal World Film Festival - Canada

Grand Prix Des Amériques (2014)

Montreal World Film Festival - Canada

Glauber Rocha Award (2014)

Camerimage - 2015

Jury Award

Ariel Awards - Mexico - 2015

Best Actor (Juan Manuel Bernal)

Ariel Awards - Mexico - 2015

Best Screenplay Adapted from Another Source

Ariel Awards - Mexico - 2015

Best New Actor (Sebastián Aguirre)

Nominations

Ariel Awards - Mexico - 2015

Best First Work

Ariel Awards - Mexico - 2015

Best Art Direction

Ariel Awards - Mexico - 2015

Best Costume Design

Official selection

Montreal World Film Festival - Canada - 2014

Cinema Diverse: Palm Springs Gay & Lesbian Film Festival - USA - 2015

Cine Ceará Festival - 2014

Country of Origin

Mexico

Production Year

2014

Aspect Ratio

1.85:1

Sound Mix

5.1 Dolby Digital

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