La bruja with Santa Sangre 

La bruja with Santa Sangre 

Special Guests: actress Blanca Guerra. Introduction remarks by Gilbert Trejo from El Cine.

La bruja (The Witch)

A woman with severe facial deformities becomes a vehicle for revenge when she is transformed into a seductive millionaire countess whose mission is to assassinate a trio of big Pharma executives. A dark twist on the Pygmalion story, La bruja is saturated with revenge, the toxic burden of beauty, and passionate quotes from Fritz Lang’s M (1931) trial scene. Emotional misery, issues of self-worth, and an organized underworld of outcasts drench the tainted heart of this devastating film. 

Santa Sangre 

Fenix, a young former member of the circus, escapes from a psychiatric hospital to join his mother Concha, an armless woman who leads a very peculiar religious cult, in this raving tale based on notorious Mexican mass murderer, Goyo Cardenas. Prepare yourself for a spectacular spiritual voyage of redemption throughout the nooks and crannies of the tortured heart of the only serial killer with an elephant, clown associates, an assistant with dwarfism, and colorful sequined cowboy outfits.

La bruja
DIRECTOR: Chano Urueta. WRITTEN BY: Alfredo Salazar & Chano Urueta. CAST: Lilia del Valle, Ramón Gay, Julio Villarreal, Charles Rooner. 1954. 90 min. México. B&W. Spanish. DCP. Courtesy of AGFA.

Santa Sangre
DIRECTOR: Alejandro Jodorowsky. WRITTEN BY: Alejandro Jodorowsky, Roberto Leoni, Claudio Argento. CAST: Blanca Guerra, Axel Jodorowsky, Thelma Tixou, Adan Jodorowsky. 1989. 123 min. Mexico/Italy. Color. English. Rated NC-17. DCP. Courtesy of AGFA. Restoration courtesy of Severin Films.

Generously supported by Televisa Foundation-Univision Foundation in celebration of Mexican Cinema. Academy Museum film programming supported by the Richard Roth Foundation. Mexico Maleficarum has the community partnership and support provided by El Cine, the Tomorrow’s Filmmakers Today program of Hola Mexico, and the Consulate General of Mexico in Los Angeles.


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