Shooting of El Patriarca
Smile, You Are in San Miguel
By Jade Arroyo, photos by Angel Miquel
The film El Patriarca, the debut work by director Raul Martinez, began shooting in San Miguel on January 11. Among participating stars are Benny Ibarra, Jacqueline Bracamontes, and Sergio Mayer Mori. According to the director, San Miguel was chosen for its mix of cultures and cosmopolitan atmosphere.
Locations were the Jardín Principal and Atotonilco, “the Sistine Chapel of America.” The film will cost 20 million pesos and will be released in cinemas this year.
All extras who worked on the film are from San Miguel and, according to the production staff, they sought to employ local businesses.
El Patriarca is a comedy about an elderly gentleman, “The Patriarch,” who comes to San Miguel de Allende, where he meets his son. His discoveries here lead the story. El Patriarca seeks to adapt to the place. The story has a familiar, light comic tone.
Over 600 productions have been shot in San Miguel, including long and short films, videos and commercials. They include titles like Once Upon a Time in Mexico, starring Antonio Banderas and Johnny Depp, and El padrecito with Cantinflas.