Los últimos cristeros

  • 90'
  • Mexico
  • 2011
Mexico, 1938. The very last warriors fight a rearguard action in the latter days of the Cristiada, the bloody war that lasted years between Roman Catholic rebels and the Mexican government, which wanted to reduce the power of the church with strict anticlerical laws.
This small group of 'cristeros' are fighting for their religious freedom and holing up in the wild expanse of the Mexican landscape. Occasionally there is a shot; apart from that the war remains limited to just surviving with less and less under the merciless sun.
The father of director Matías Meyer is a historian who published several books about the Cristiada, still a sensitive subject in Mexico. While a Hollywood film was also being made about this civil war, with leading roles for Andy Garcia and Eva Longoria, Meyer made the opposite of a Hollywood spectacle: performed by nonprofessional actors, The Last Christeros is an intimate, minimalist Western with great attention to tranquil and comradely moments.

Director
Matías Meyer
Premiere
European première
Countries of production
Mexico, Netherlands
Production Year
2011
Festival Edition
IFFR 2012
Length
90'
Medium
35mm
International title
The Last Christeros
Language
Spanish
Producers
Julio Bárcenas, Matías Meyer, Paola Herrera, Frans van Gestel
Production Companies
Axolote Cine, Una Comunión, Topkapi Films
Sales
FiGa Films
Screenplay
Matías Meyer, Israel Cárdenas
Cinematography
Gerardo Barroso Alcalá
Editor
León Felipe Gonzalez
Production Design
Nohemi Gonzalez
Sound Design
Alejandro De Icaza
Music
Galo Durán
Cast
Alejandro Limón, Antonio García
Local Distributor
Topkapi Films
Website
http://topkapifilms.nl/our-films/last-cristeros