Consolidating a strong line in Latin American movies, German sales company Media Luna has picked up world sales rights at the American Film Market to true-event based “Perfect Obedience.”
The feature debut of Mexico’s Luis Urquiza Mondragon, “Obedience” won Montreal Festival’s Gran Prix des Ameriques and also grossed $2.2 million at the Mexican box office. It was released May 1 by Latam Pictures.
Starring Juan Manuel Bernal (“The Blue Room”) and Angel de la Cruz (“Gueros”), “Obedience” turns on an under-age seminarian, Sacramento Santos, who joins a new order, Los Cruzados de Cristo, and is instructed in the duty of perfect obedience. But when he is adopted by the order’s founding father, he experiences more than just a spiritual journey. Years later, having left the order, he decides to seek justice from his former tutor for his abuse.
” ‘Perfect Obedience’ is a story of abuse, but also a forbidden story of love between a young boy and a man,” Mondragon said.
Produced by Astillero Films, Estudios Churubusco, Mestizo Films and Memoria Films, “Perfect Obedience” is based on the story of Father Marcial Maciel, the founder of Mexico’s Legion of Christ, an ally of Pope John Paul II, who, as the Vatican finally recognized after his death, used his position and doctrine of obedience to sexually abuse underage seminarians.