Maria Candelaria

A powerful film from 1944, Maria Candelaria established Emilio Fernandez as one of Mexico’s premier directors.  Starring Dolores Del Rio, it was the first Mexican film to be screened at the Cannes International Film Festival, where it won the Grand Prix (now known as the Palm d’Or), becoming the first Latin American film to do so.  The film came to be regarded as one of Fernandez’s best works, in which he portrays the indigenous people of Mexico with innocence and dignity.

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