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Canícula
Director:José Álvarez
Screenplay: José Álvarez, Sebastián Hoffman
Photography: Sebastián Hoffman, Pedro González Rubio, Fernanda Romandía
Sdition: Sebastián Hofmann, Jose Álvarez
Sound: Martín Delgado
Music: Martín Delgado, Tomás Pérez, Esteban González Juárez
Executive producers: Mauricio Fabre, Clara Vega
Production: Fundación Latattore y Alacrán con Alas

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Canícula

José Álvarez
65' / 2012 / Mexico
Web: www.facebook.com/DocumentalCanicula
Spanish

According to Totonaca mythology, during those 40 days of the “bleeding sun”, one must perform merits before the gods so that the cycle keeps on going and instead of droughts we have rain , whitch brings fertility. From here, the idea for the flying dance where their decent symbolizes the intense strike of solar beams on earth, but also the descent symbolizes the intense strike of solar beams on earth, but also the sacrifice of the dancers. Canícula documents the life of the Totonaca commynity settled in Veracurz, links this aerial tradition with the terrestrial pottery tradition, the film follows how the women knead the clay and how men go up high to dance and sing. Both ancient traditions intimately connected with fire and heat. Both ancient traditions intimately connected with fire and heat.

Main Festivals & Awards

Premio Fipresci / Fipresci Prize - Thessaloniki Documentary Festival, 2012
Premio SIGNIS (Asociación Católica Mundial para la Comunicación) / SIGNIS Prize (World Catholic A. for Communication) - Toulouse Rencontres Cinélatino, 2012
Premio del Jurado / Jury Award - Festival de la Rivera Maya. Cancún, 2012
Premio al Mejor Director / Best Director Award - Cinema Tropical. Nueva York, 2012
Festival Internacional del Nuevo Cine Latinoamericano. La Habana, 2012.
Festival DocsDF, 2012
Cinema Pacific Oregon E.U. 2013
Toronto Planet in Focus Film Festival. Canadá, 2012.

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