Mexican-American author, Rudolfo Anaya, perhaps best known for his 1972 novel “Bless Me, Ultima” – a favorite in contemporary Chicano literature. In 2003, he was awarded the National Medal of Arts. The book tells the story about the relationship between a young boy and his female mentor in 1940′s New Mexico. It was deemed controversial for its adult language and sexual references, and it was also one of several Chicano books removed from Arizona’s public-school curriculum earlier this year.
Today, the novel is coming back to life on the big screen. “Bless Me, Ultima” will star Hollywood favorite Joaquín Cosio (“A Better Life”), and newcomer, Luke Ganalon. It will have a red-carpet premiere in El Paso’s Plaza Theatre, followed by showtimes for the public starting September 21. According to What’s Up, distributors will be using this run to determine the film’s marketability in other cities.
Here’s a taste of the film.