Bless Me, Ultima Film Opens Nationwide

I just learned from one of my favorite LA bands, Las Cafeteras, about Bless Me, Ultima, a movie based on the celebrated and controversial novel written by Rudolfo Anaya. First published in 1972, it has become the best-selling Chicano novel of all time and Anaya has probably done more to promote literature by Hispanic authors in this country than perhaps anyone else. The long-awaited screen adaptation opens nationwide today and here is a short synopsis of the story from the following trailer: “Based on the controversial novel by acclaimed author Rudolfo Anaya, BLESS ME, ULTIMA is a turbulent coming-of-age story about Antonio Marez (Luke Ganalon), a young boy growing up in New Mexico during World War II. When a mysterious curandera named Ultima (Miriam Colon) comes to live with his family, she teaches him about the power of the spiritual world. As their relationship grows, Antonio begins to question the strict Catholic doctrine that he has been taught by his parents (Dolores Heredia & Benito Martinez). Through a series of mysterious and at times terrifying events Antonio must grapple with questions about his own destiny, the relationship between good vs. evil and ultimately how to reconcile Ultima’s powers with those of the God of his church.” Here is a list of theaters.

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