Cabeza de Vaca (film)

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Cabeza de Vaca
Directed by Nicolás Echevarría
Written by Guillermo Sheridan Nicolás Echevarría
Alvar Nunez Cabeza de Vaca
Cinematography Guillermo Navarro
Edited by Rafael Castanedo
Release date
  • February 1991 (1991-02)
Running time
112 minutes
Country Mexico
Language Spanish

Cabeza de Vaca is a 1991 Mexican film about the adventures of Álvar Núñez Cabeza de Vaca (c. 1490 – c. 1557), an early Spanish explorer, as he traversed what later became the American Southeast. He was one of four survivors of the Narvaez expedition and shipwreck. He became known as a shaman among the Native American tribes he encountered, which helped him survive. His journey of a number of years began in 1528. After his return to Spain, he published his journal in 1542. The screenplay by Guillermo Sheridan and Nicolás Echevarría is based on this journal.

Directed by Nicolás Echevarría and starring Juan Diego, the film was entered into the 41st Berlin International Film Festival.[1] The film was selected as the Mexican entry for the Best Foreign Language Film at the 63rd Academy Awards, but was not accepted as a nominee.[2]

A DVD version was released in 2012.


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  1. ^ "Berlinale: 1991 Programme". Retrieved 2011-03-21. 
  2. ^ Margaret Herrick Library, Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences

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