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Film + Reception: Perfect Obedience

(Obediencia perfecta)
Mexico, 2014

Spanish with English subtitles.

Director Luis Urquiza and producer Lourdes García will be in attendance to introduce this special event.

Followed by a reception in the Vancity Theatre atrium (1181 Seymour Street @ Davie). Cash bar.


The fictional Father Ángel de la Cruz is based on Legion of Christ founder Marcial Maciel, whose long history of child abuse was not addressed until 2006 and only publicly acknowledged in 2009. But director Luis Urquiza chooses to structure his film through the largely uncomprehending, wondering eyes of 13-year-old Julián, who travels from the arms of his loving pastoral family into the austere, hallowed halls of the seminary. Singling out the boy as his intimate disciple, installing him in his palatial private quarters and redubbing him “Sacramento Santos,” Father Ángel begins Julian’s instruction into the mysteries of “perfect obedience,” whose cardinal rule is: Never question a superior’s actions.

“Winner of the top prize at Montreal... explosive subject matter, powerful thesping and elegant lensing.” Ronnie Scheib, Variety

El personaje del padre Ángel de la Cruz, está basado en Marcial Maciel, el fundador de la poderosa y elitista congregación católica, ‘‘Los legionarios de Cristo.’’ Maciel mantuvo por décadas relaciones con mujeres, además de que cometió abuso sexual a niños y adolescentes que pertenecían a la congregación. El caso no salió a la luz pública hasta el año 2006. La cinta está estructurada mediante los ojos de un adolescente, Julián, quien no puede comprender todo lo que sucede en los pasillos del seminario.

7:00 pm|Vancity Theatre (VCT)
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Luis Urquiza (b. 1965, Mexico City) has worked as a producer in a large number of Mexican film productions, including the historical epics Hidalgo (2010) and Morelos (2012). Perfect Obedience, his first feature film as a director, was a box office hit in Mexico amidst much controversy around its subject.


Director: Luis Urquiza
Writers: Luis Urquiza, Ernesto Alcocer
Producer: Lourdes García
Cinematographer: Serguei Saldívar Tanaka
Editor: Jorge Macaya
Cast: Juan Manuel Bernal, Sebastián Aguirre Boeda, Luis Ernesto Franco, Alejandro de Hoyos, Juan Ignacio Aranda, Alfonso Herrera