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With little dialog and exquisite, almost documentary-like images, Cabeza de Vaca offers a fascinating (if not mystical and at times just plain puzzling) foray back to early 16th-century America as it chronicles the exploits of the explorer Alvar Nunez Cabeza de Vaca as he spends eight years traversing the wild lands surrounding the Gulf of Mexico. The story itself is based on the book Naufragio, Cabeza de Vaca's personal account. Cabeza de Vaca was the ship's treasurer on an ill-fated expedition to America. Marooned on the densely jungled Florida coast he becomes the unwilling guest of the Iguase Indians (for added realism and to help audiences understand how Cabeza de Vaca felt, the Native speech is not translated). He is enslaved and much of the story centers on his coming to grips with his strange new life and the people around him. Eventually he is taken to a powerful Iguase shaman who teaches him the healing arts, skills he is able to put to amazing use during his amazing journey. ~ Sandra Brennan, Rovi

  • Release date:September 7, 1991

Awards

Awarded by
Nominee
Category
Year
Status
Berlin International Film Festival Nicolas Echevarria In Competition 1991 Nominee

Cast

Juan Diego
as Alvar Nunez Cabeza de Vaca
Roberto Sosa
as Cascabel/Araino
Carlos Castanon
as Castillo
Gerardo Villarreal
as Estebanico
Roberto Cobo
as Lozoya
Josefina Echanove
as Anciana Avavar
Hector Tellez
as Cart Driver
Daniel Jiménez Cacho
as Dorantes
Max Kerlow
as Hombre de la Armadura
Mayra Serbulo
as Iguase Lover
Ramon Barragan
as Panfilo de Narvaez
Abel Woolrich
as Shipwrecked Man
Farnesio DeBernal
as Fray Suarez
Julio Solorzano Foppa
as Alcaraz
Santiago Lopez
as Indian Singer

Crew

Nicolas Echevarria
Director
Julio Solorzano Foppa
Producer
Arthur H. Gorson
Producer
Jorge Sanchez
Producer
Rafael Cruz
Producer
Nicolas Echevarria
Screenwriter
Guillermo Sheridan
Screenwriter
Guillermo Navarro
Cinematographer
Mario Lavista
Composer (Music Score)
Rafael Castanedo
Editor
Bertha Navarro
Executive Producer
Angeles Martinez
Set Designer
Tolita Figueroa
Costume Designer
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