Isla de sal

Isla de sal (English: Salt Island) is a 1964 Venezuelan drama comedy film directed by Clemente de la Cerda. It was his first feature film,[1][2] but was considered one of his more important works. Later he won national acclaim with his blockbuster Soy un delincuente (1976).[3]

Isla de sal
Directed byClemente de la Cerda
Written byMauricio Odreman
Produced byMario Bartolomei
StarringLila Morillo
Simón Díaz
Doris Wells
Orangel Delfín
Efraín de la Cerda
CinematographyEdmundo Raffaldi
Edited byClemente de la Cerda
Music byHugo Blanco
Distributed byDiana Films, S.A.
Release date
  • 1964 (1964)
Running time
85 minutes


When Aurora discovers that his father has a big debt for the purchase of a new boat for his work as a fisherman, she decides emigrate to Caracas with her godfather Simon, for achieve fame and fortune as singer after that Walter Perez, a very famous TV producer, discovers her in her town, Chichiriviche, despite the opposition of Lydia (Walter's lover) and Venancio (Aurora's boyfriend).


  • Lila Morillo ... Aurora
  • Simón Díaz ... Simon
  • Doris Wells ... Lydia
  • Orangel Delfín ... Venancio
  • Efraín de la Cerda ... Walter Perez
  • Hugo Blanco ... Himself
  • Héctor Bayardo
  • Jose Vasquez
  • Gisela López
  • Carlos Flores
  • Alba Pinto
  • Miguel Angel Fuster
  • Nelida Leo


The film introduced Cerda's focus on poverty and marginalization, which he continued in his later works. Due to the political content, he was unable to obtain state funding until the mid-1970s.[4] The director said of the film: "I knew from the start that it was a good movie, but in Venezuela there are no schools, no tradition or film industry, which is why I believe we should start with movies aimed at the general public."[5]


The movie helped launch the career of the singer Lila Morillo.[6] Talking of this film and El rostro oculto (The Hidden Face) released soon after, a critic said "...these first two films reveal an interesting melange of styles and early technical ability, a search for language which came to an abrupt end in 1976 as the public demanded more and more 'delincuents'".[7] Another commentator said the film was still weighed down with traditional banality, but introduced situations that the viewer could identify with and that might create social concern.[8] By 2010, when the film was shown at the Festival del Cine Venezolano Mérida 2010 it was described a "A Venezuelan film classic".[9]


  1. ^ Plazaola, Luis Trelles (1989). South American cinema: dictionary of film makers. La Editorial UPR. p. 66. ISBN 0-8477-2011-X.
  2. ^ Tirado, Ricardo. Memoria y notas del cine venezolano, 1960-1976, Fundación Neuman, 1988.
  3. ^ "Clemente de la Cerda". venezuelatuya (in Spanish). Retrieved 2010-11-11.
  4. ^ Tim Barnard, Peter Rist (1998). "Soy un delincuente". Title South American cinema: a critical filmography, 1915-1994. University of Texas Press. pp. 314–315. ISBN 0-292-70871-8.
  5. ^ "Vuelven los sesenta venezolanos". Vertigo. Retrieved 2010-11-11.[permanent dead link]
  6. ^ Jacobo Brender (1977). "Breve Historia del Cine Venezolano". Visor. Archived from the original on 2012-03-14. Retrieved 2010-11-11.
  7. ^ John King (2000). Magical reels: a history of cinema in Latin America. Verso. p. 217. ISBN 1-85984-233-X. Retrieved 2010-11-11.
  8. ^ Rodolfo Izaguirre. "Los años 70" (PDF). Fundación del Nuevo Cine Latinoamericano. Retrieved 2010-11-11.
  9. ^ "Festival del Cine Venezolano Mérida 2010 comienza este domingo". Actualidad. Union Radio Medios C.A. 24 Oct 2010. Archived from the original on 25 July 2011. Retrieved 2010-11-11.

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