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La otra conquista (1998)

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It is May 1520 in the vast Aztec Empire one year after the Spanish Conqueror Hernán Cortés' arrival in Mexico. "The Other Conquest" opens with the infamous massacre of the Aztecs at the ... See full summary »

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Salvador Carrasco
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Damián Delgado ... Topiltzin / Tomás
José Carlos Rodríguez José Carlos Rodríguez ... Fray Diego de La Coruña
Elpidia Carrillo ... Tecuichpo / Doña Isabel
Iñaki Aierra ... Hernando Cortés
Honorato Magaloni ... Capitán Cristóbal Quijano
Guillermo Ríos Guillermo Ríos ... Alanpoyatzin - hermano
Josefina Echánove ... Nanahuatzin - abuela
Zaide Silvia Gutiérrez ... Beata Conversa
Álvaro Guerrero ... Rolando
Rufino Echegoyen Rufino Echegoyen ... Fray Sebastián
Lourdes Villareal Lourdes Villareal ... Cihuacóatl - sumo sacerdote
Luisa Ávila Luisa Ávila ... Xilonen - Princesa
Ramón Barragán Ramón Barragán ... Ramón Quevedo - notario (as Ramon Barragan)
Diana Bracho ... Doña Juana
José Luis Carol José Luis Carol ... Padre Santa María
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It is May 1520 in the vast Aztec Empire one year after the Spanish Conqueror Hernán Cortés' arrival in Mexico. "The Other Conquest" opens with the infamous massacre of the Aztecs at the Great Temple of Tenochtitlan [what is now called Mexico City]. The sacred grounds are covered with the countless bodies of priests and nobility slaughtered by the Spanish Armies under Cortés' command. The lone Aztec survivor of the massacre is a young Indian scribe named Topiltzin [Damián Delgado]. Topiltzin, who is the illegitimate son of the Aztec Emperor Moctezuma, survives the onslaught by burying himself under a stack of bodies. As if awakening from a dream, the young man rises from among the dead to find his mother murdered, the Spanish in power and the dawn of a new era in his native land. A New World with new leaders, language, customs... and God. Representing the New Order is the Spanish Friar Diego [José Carlos Rodríguez]. His mission is to convert the "savage" natives into civilised ... Written by Dennis Davidson Associates (DDA)

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Un encuentro que no se olvida... See more »

Genres:

Drama | History

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for scenes of violence and some strong sexuality/nudity | See all certifications »

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Country:

Mexico

Language:

Spanish | Nahuatl

Release Date:

21 April 2000 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Other Conquest See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$3,500,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$305,308, 23 April 2000

Gross USA:

$894,410

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$894,410
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Dolby SR

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Color

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1.85 : 1
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Quotes

[first lines]
Topiltzin: [in Nahuatl] Mother!
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The people and animals that appear in this film did not suffer any kind of physical or psychological damage. See more »

Soundtracks

Aria 'Mater Aeterna'
Performed by Plácido Domingo
Music by Samuel Zyman
Lyrics by Salvador Carrasco
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enthusiastic, mesmerized, touched to the core
6 May 2000 | by luiginotoSee all my reviews

La Otra Conquista has touched me in a way that no other movie has. I saw it two weeks ago and I am still under its spell, I think, in a way, I always will. Let me get to the point. There are several dimensions to this flawless piece of art, this priceless gem, this eminent, yet unassuming masterpiece of a timeless, universal message, this miraculous documentary of what happened 500 years ago and until now had only lived in the intangible inner world of those who, for ancestry or spiritual communion, have dared to reach back and touch the still pulsating heart of the Native Americans, the Spirit of the Land. All would deserve to be talked about at great length (historical, cultural, spiritual, intellectual, aesthetic, emotional, religious, musical, linguistic, semiotic and so on) but I'd rather strike (and I can only try) at what I perceive its heart to be as it has done to me. Topiltzin (whose name I have called with tears in my eyes again and again for days and days), from the bottom of his pure, untainted spirit, undergoes a spiritual travail like no others, comparable in force and intensity to that of Christ, and comes out transfigured at the other end, having literally saved humanity by embracing the spirit of his oppressor, who in turn is also transcendentally transformed. This movie's message is not about revenge toward the inhumanity of man toward man, but rather about the all-conquering power of the human spirit, above and beyond the cultural trappings of one's religious beliefs, something that the Catholic Church, unfortunately, unbelievably, has yet to realize. The spiritual lessons to be learned and re-learned from experiencing this film are priceless, heart-wrenching, ultimately enlightening. If you go to church, or the sports arena, this is like a thousand high masses, a thousand super bowls. IT WILL TRANSFORM YOU. Go see it already, stop wasting your precious time.


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