The Violin

2006, Mexico, 98’, Black-White, Spanish

Director: Francisco Vargas

2006 Cannes Film Festival Un Certain Regard Best Actor Award
2006 San Sebastián Film Festival Best Director and Special Mention Awards
2006 Huelva Latin Amerikan Film Festival Best Film and Best Cinematography Awards
2006 Gramado Film Festival Best Film, Best Screenplay, Best Actor and Audience Award
2007 Cartagena Film Festival Best Cinematography, Best Screenplay Awards
2007 Mexico Cinema Academy Awards: Best Debut Film, Best Screenplay Awards

From young Mexican director Francisco Vargas, The Violin is a critically acclaimed film of music and war. It tells the story of a brave farmer’s strike in Mexico in the 70s.

Don Plutarco, his son Genaro and his grandson Lucio live a double life: musicians and humble farmers, they also support the campesina peasant guerilla movement’s armed efforts against the oppressive government. When the military seizes the village, the rebels flee to the sierra hills, forced to leave behind their stock of ammunition. While the guerillas organize a counter-attack, old Plutarco executes his own plan. He plays up his appearance as a harmless violin player, and makes it back into the military-occupied village to recuperate the ammunition hidden his corn field. His violin playing charms the army captain, who orders Plutarco to come back daily. Plutarco has music, but needs ammunition. The Captain wants to stifle the rebellion, but he loves music. Arms and music play cat-and-mouse and result in painful betrayal.

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