Release date14 August 2009 (2009-08-14) WriterRoberto Girault (screenplay), Olivia Nunez, Gaston Pavlovich (story) CastJorge Lavat (Chano), Jeannine Derbez (Sophia), Pablo Cruz Guerrero (Santiago), Norma Lazareno (Alicia), Jeronimo Medina (Antonio) Similar moviesMovies about Mexico, Dramas
El estudiante (English: The Student) is a 2009 Mexican film written and directed by Roberto Girault, and starring Jorge Lavat, Norma Lazareno, José Carlos Ruiz, Jeannine Derbez, Siouzana Melikián and Cristina Obregón. The film depicts the story of a 70-year-old man called Chano, who decides to go to university despite his age.
The story takes place in the city of Guanajuato. The story is about a 70-year-old man called Chano who decides to enroll in a university course in order to study literature. Chano tries to break the generation gap using his passion for Don Quixote. He clashes with the different traditions and they all share their dreams and experiences.
Jorge Lavat as Chano
Norma Lazareno as Alicia
Cristina Obregón as Carmen
Pablo Cruz Guerrero as Santiago
Siouzana Melikián as Alejandra
Jorge Luiz Moreno as Marcelo
Cuauhtémoc Duque as Eduardo
Daniel Martínez as Héctor
Jeannine Derbez as Sofía
Silvia Santoyo as Lucía
Raúl Adalid as Jorge
Sofía Toache as Matilde
Fernando Estrada as Álvaro
José Carlos Ruiz as Don Pedro
The film was shot in well-known locations in Guanajuato city where they worked for 6 weeks. The scenes inside the university were shot at Universidad de Guanajuato.
The limited release of this film happened gradually in 100 locations in Mexico. It was also screened in various film festivals, including the Chicago Latino Film Festival and Latin American Film Festival of Grand Rapids, Michigan.
The film won the Mexican film critics award "Diosa de Plata", despite not being nominated in any category by the Academy.