Written on the Body of Night

Synopsis: A look back at a director's life with his neurotic mother.
Production: Videocine S.A. de C.V.
  3 wins & 3 nominations.
128 min

Okay, log that.

What piece of evidence|finally convinced you...

that the body found|at Giva'at Ha Mivtarwas crucified?

Well, I suppose if you're looking|for a dead giveaway...

I'd really have to say it was the block|of wood and nail in the foot...

that really did the trick.

And the Romans were crucifying bodies|for around 400 years.

Why have we only found|one set of remains?

Well, only the lower rungs|of society were crucified.

Then their remains were burned...

or fed to the dogs.

-Doctor, I really need a cigarette.|-Then we must go outside.

Thank you.

So, it's unlikely that you'd find|a crucified man in a rich man's tomb?

Highly unlikely.

Not to mention potentially|catastrophic.


The only recorded crucified body|in a rich man's tomb was that of...

Rabbi Yeshu Ben Yosef...

known to all of us if not by|his Hebrew name...

then surely by his Greek one...

Jesus, son of Joseph.

Sharon! Sharon!

They're here.

-What are all these people doing here?|-Dr. Golban?

Moshe Cohen,|Deputy Attache to Jerusalem.

-For your protection, I assure you.|-Yeah, right.

-Now, may we have a look?|-No.

I can't have amateurs trampling|through the dig. You'll break something.

Okay. What about a professional?

A priest has no place on an excavation.|Do I make my self clear?

Dr. Golban, Pierre Lavelle.

Dr. Lavelle, I am so sorry.|I had no idea you were a priest.

I am an archaeologist.

-After you, Doctor.|-Thank you.

All I wanted to do|was dig a basement.

They wanted to put up fats in|about 3 months, so we had to be quick.

Until we remove the body, we're|keeping a low profile in security.

Disturbing the dead can get you killed|in this neighborhood.

Father Gutierrez.

Your Eminence.

Not many of our priests|are ex-combat soldiers.

El Salvador was|a long time ago, Your Eminence.

Military intelligence.

A polite oxymoron.

You have been chosen to investigate|a problem for us in Jerusalem.

One that will require the wide range|of your investigative abilities.

"Dr. Sharon Golban."

An Israeli archaeologist. It was she|who opened the tomb in Jerusalem.

Those are photos of what she found.

This is of Pontius Pilate.

So I've been told.

Excuse me, Your Eminence,|but this has to be a joke.

A dangerous one, which is why we have|chosen you to investigate it.

Yeah, but who would believe this?

It reads like|tabloid journalism...

not a serious|archaeological report.

Dr. Golban is|a serious archaeologist.

So is Fr. Lavelle.

He's a Dominican in Jerusalem.

Lectures at their university.

What is his opinion about this?

There are many tests|to be conducted.

But he has seen the tomb...

and the body.

So he thinks...

it is possible?

But Your Eminence...

I have no qualifications|for something like this.

That is not true.

You have told us why|in your own words.

"I believe Jesus Christ is God|because I spoke to Him this morning...

in my prayers.

And I've known He was God|since I was a boy.

He has always been my best friend...

even though I haven't always|been His.

In Him, I have peace."

You were called because of your military|and investigative experience.

You were chosen because|of what you wrote here.

The ideal solution is to stop|rumors and lies at their inception.

If not, a Vatican denial|would be interrupted by some...

as merely the Vatican|covering up the truth.

We must stop this before|it lets loose its poison.

We are counting on you|to protect the Church.

Protect the faith.

They're synonymous. Protect the Church,|you protect the faith.

Your Eminence, what if|the body they found--

There is no "what if," Father.

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Emilio Carballido

Emilio Carballido (Córdoba, Veracruz, 22 May 1925 – Xalapa, Veracruz, 11 February 2008) was a Mexican writer who earned particular renown as a playwright. Carballido belonged to the group of writers known as the Generación de los 50, alongside such figures as Sergio Magaña, Luisa Josefina Hernández, Rosario Castellanos, Jaime Sabines, and Sergio Galindo. He studied English literature and earned a master's degree in literature from the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM). As a playwright his first work was Rosalba y los Llaveros, which premiered at Palacio de Bellas Artes in 1950, directed by well-known poet and stage director Salvador Novo. This was followed by a huge number of plays, including Un pequeño día de ira (1961), which earned him the Casa de las Américas Prize, ¡Silencio Pollos pelones, ya les van a echar su maíz! (1963), Te juro Juana que tengo ganas (1965), Yo también hablo de la rosa (1965), Acapulco los lunes (1969), Las cartas de Mozart (1974), and the box office hit Rosa de dos aromas(1986). Some of his works as a playwright were filmed for the screen, such as Rosalba y los llaveros (1954), Felicidad (1956), La danza que sueña la tortuga (1975), El censo (1977), Orinoco (1984), and Rosa de dos aromas (1989). In addition to more than a hundred plays and scripts, he also wrote two volumes of short stories and nine novels, and worked randomly as a stage director. His career in the Mexican film industry began with the script for La torre de marfil, written in collaboration with Luisa Josefina Hernández in 1957. In 1972 he received two Ariels for the storyline and script of Alfonso Arau's El Águila Descalza. On 27 May 2002 he was given the Ariel de Oro for his lifetime achievements which include more than 50 films, remarkably his collaboration in Luis Buñuel's Nazarín (1959). On 16 March 2007, Carballido and his partner of 20 years, Héctor Herrera, were among the first couples to apply for a civil union following the enactment of the Federal District's 2006 Ley de Sociedad de Convivencia. Carbadillo died of a heart attack on 11 February 2008 in Xalapa. Two days later, Governor of Veracruz Fidel Herrera Beltrán ordered a day of mourning in the state and announced that the Theatre of the State and one of the state literary prizes would be renamed after him. more…

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