Los Dias De Agua
This Cuban feature examines the circumstances arising out of a woman’s claim to have seen the Virgin Mary and to have been healed by waters from a nearby stream. In an accelerating storm of cynical opportunism, her sincere beliefs are exploited by businessmen, politicians and military men. Rival groups compete to exploit the hysteria the vision causes, and the chaos culminates in a revolution. Striking imagery and skillful camerawork enhance this feature.
Manuel Octavio Gomez was among the best directors in Cuba during the ’60s and ’70s. He got his start as a film critic and journalist in pre-Castro Cuba. Gomez was basically a self-taught filmmaker until 1951 when he joined the newborn Cuban Film Institute and began working as an assistant director on documentaries. Gomez also created his own documentaries and made his feature-film directorial debut in 1965 with El Encuentro: La Salacion. From then on, he became known for his innovative interpretations of traditional genres and for the politically-charged, analytical themes of his films.