30.09. - 09.10.2021

Epitaph Mexico 2015 | 82 min | OV with English subtitles | Colour | FF 2016

Ruben Imaz

Yulene Olaizola

YULENE OLAIZOLA (*1983) studied Film at the Centro de Capacitación Cinematográfica in Mexico City. In 2009, she graduated with the prize-winning documentary "Shakespeare and Victor Hugo's Intimacies". In 2011, FILMFEST HAMBURG showed her film "Artificial Paradises" and in 2016 "Epitaph".

rated for 0 + years
Mexico in the 16th century. By order of Hérnan Cortés, the later conqueror of the Aztec capital Tenochtitlan, three Spanish conquistadors make their way to the summit of the volcano Popocatepetl, which is of great strategic importance for the next part of the campaign. They are led by Diego de Ordaz, a feverish psychopath, driven by personal ambition, the prospect of  posterity and an unshakeable religious conviction. The ascent is difficult and exhausting and the men feel tiny in the face of this majestic mountain. And with every metre they climb, their doubts as to their mission and the conquest of the New World grow. The film records the physical battle with the volcano with almost documentary directness and reflects both the inner and outer dramas.
Original title: Epitafio
Film type: Fiction Feature
Original language: Spanish, Nahuatl
Section: Vitrina
Language and subtitles: OV with English subtitles
Director: Yulene Olaizola, Ruben Imaz
Screenplay: Yulene Olaizola, Rubén Imaz
Cast: Xabier Coronado, Martín Román, Carlos Triviño
Producer: Rubén Imaz, Yulene Olaizola, Pablo Zimbrón
Director of Photography: Emiliano Fernández
Music: Alejandro Otaola, Pascual Reyes
Production Design: Alisarine Ducolomb
Editor: Yulene Olaizola
Sound: 0
Costume design:
Commissioning Editor:
Format: dcp
German Distributor:
World Sales: Media Luna New Films UG
Production: Malacosa Cine; Varios Lobos; Una Comunión; Pimienta Films; Zoología Fantástica; Zamora Films
Contact: Julia Scherban, Media Luna New Films UG:


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