On All Souls Day, Macario, a Mexican peasant, is enjoying a rare feast when he is confronted by Death in disguise, who appears so desperate that Macario shares his food with the stranger. In return, Death gives him a gourd of water that will heal the sick—so long as Death grants approval.
The liquid brings great fame and wealth to Macario—until the officers of the Inquisition come along and imprison him as an instrument of the Devil. He is given a single chance to escape his fate: if he can cure the Viceroy's ailing son, he will be set free. Will Death do his part?
The screening of this comitragic 1960 folk tale is part of a three-film retrospective of the great Mexican cinematographer Gabriel Figueroa. A corresponding exhibit will take place throughout the festival at the Annex in the McNichols Building.
Producer: Armando Orive Alba | Editor: Gloria Schoemann | Cinematographer: Gabriel Figueroa | Screenwriter: Emilio Carballido, Roberto Gavaldón
Cast: Ignacio López Tarso, Pina Pellicer, Enrique Lucero, Mario Alberto Rodríguez, José Gálvez