Apolinar (film)

Apolinar is a Mexican fantasy drama film directed in 1971 by Julio Castillo and produced by Alejandro Jodorowsky and Robert Viskin. The film was shot on location in and around Atotonilco, San Miguel de Allende, Guanajuato, in Mexico. Art direction was by Octavio Ocampo.

Directed byJulio Castillo
Screenplay byJulio Castillo
Story byJulio Castillo
Blanca Peña
Luis Torner
Produced byAlejandro Jodorowsky
Robert Viskin
Eduardo Garduño
Fernando Rosales
CinematographyRafael Corkidi
Edited byFederico Landeros
Music byJosé Antonio Guzmán Bravo
Running time
89 minutes

This was the only film direction undertaken by Castillo, later notable as a theatrical director.[1]

Although a release date of 1972 is often given, the film was never released publicly, although stills were circulated by Peña (later Castillo's wife) and Torner, the co-writers with Castillo.[2]


Tancredo, a poor man, is in love with a rich girl, who does not return his feelings. One day when she is bathing in a river, a flood sweeps her away and Tancredo is unable to save her. Mad with grief, he steals the sun. The gods call Apolinar to restore light to the earth, but he is obstructed by the magician of darkness, until by means of a telescope he is able to send a bag of light to Tancredo, now grown old. Tancredo goes to the seashore and opens the bag of light as an offering to his beloved, whereupon the sun returns to the earth.



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