Ánimas Trujano(El hombre importante) (English: The Important Man) is a 1962 Mexican drama film directed by Ismael Rodríguez, based on a novel by Rogelio Barriga Rivas. It stars Toshiro Mifune, Columba Domínguez, Flor Silvestre, and Antonio Aguilar.
The film was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film.
The film revolves around a festival of mayordomía in the Mexican Oaxaca state, which revolves around on something like the idea of "king for a day." When the town celebrates the feast day of its patron saint, the church appoints a layman as mayordomo or steward, an honor that in effect is gained by being able to organize and cover the high costs of most of the saint's local festivities. The post is however very coveted by the locals as it is socially prestigious.
Ánimas Trujano (Mifune, dubbed by Narciso Busquets) is a drunken, irresponsible peasant who abuses his children and does nothing while his long-suffering wife supports the family. Obsessed with earning the respect which is denied to him by his peers as a result of his behavior, Trujano aims to be mayordomo in the annual festival and begins to do everything he can to get the needed money. After his eldest daughter is impregnated out of wedlock by the son of the local land baron (played by Eduardo Fajardo), Trujano sells the baby to the land baron in exchange for a small fortune that makes him eligible to be appointed mayordomo.
Meanwhile, Trujano's wife (Columba Domínguez) encounters trouble when it is revealed that her husband has been seeing a local woman of dubious morals (Flor Silvestre).
Toshiro Mifune as Ánimas Trujano (dubbed by Narciso Busquets)
Columba Domínguez as Juana
Flor Silvestre as Catalina
Pepe Romay as Pedrito (as Pepito Romay)
Titina Romay as Dorotea
Amado Zumaya as Compadre
José Chávez as Brujo
Luis Aragón as Tendero
Juan Carlos Pulido as Belarmino
Jaime J. Pons as Carrizo
David Reynoso as Criton
Eduardo Fajardo as El Español
Antonio Aguilar as Tadeo
Awards and nominations
The film was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film and a Golden Globe Award for Best Foreign Language Film in 1962.