La Virgen Negra

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La Virgen Negra
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La Virgen Negra theatrical poster
Directed by Ignacio Castillo Cottin
Produced by Ignacio Castillo Cottin & Nathalie Sar-Shalom
Written by Ignacio Castillo Cottin
Starring Carmen Maura
Angélica Aragón
Matheus Nachtergaele
Jessika Grau
Caridad Canelón
Music by Erik Alvarez
Edited by Danielle Firos
Distributed by Pa' Los Panas Producciones
Release date
  • October 24, 2008 (2008-10-24)
Running time
86 minutes
Country Venezuela
Language Spanish

La Virgen Negra (The Black Virgin) is a Venezuelan comedy film mixed with romance and magic realism. It is the first movie of the 25-year-old filmmaker Ignacio Castillo.[1]

The film tells the story of the strange changes in the lives of the inhabitants of a small fishing village (possibly an allusion to Barlovento) in the Venezuelan coast after the appearance of a black virgin.[2]

The film is set in the town of Higuerote in the northern coastal state of Miranda, Venezuela [3]

Primary cast[edit]


The film begins with Franklin (Rodriguez) trying to give his first kiss to "la negrita" (Rosales) when he is suddenly interrupted by a desperate Manita (Torres), who is concerned because her husband hasn't had sex with her in months.

Manita then visits a mysterious woman, who is believed to be a witch, Lurdita (Aragon) who asks her to change the virgin of the church by the black virgin. Behind everybody's back and with the approval of Sra Isabel (Maura), the founder of the town, the black virgin becomes their new patron.

After that, strange things begin to happen in this village changing the routine of its inhabitants: the black virgin stopped it from getting dark, stopped the invasions of the vandals, make people fell in love and at the same time killed and sickened some. On the other hand, Lurdita (who is believed to be the builder of the black virgin) leaves the town saying others might need her help.

One morning, Franklin is playing baseball and as the kids were making fun of him he hits the ball so hard that breaks the image of the black virgin. After this, the vandals took over the town and killed almost everyone on it. The only survivors are shipped in a boat to the middle of the sea. Suddenly it begins to dawn in the middle of the night and Lurdita is seen smiling at the shores of the beach marking the end of the movie.




  • Mérida National Film Festival:
    • People's Choice Award


  • 32nd Annual São Paulo Film Festival
    • Best New Filmmaker (Ignacio Castillo Cottin)


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