Music directorAlvaro Cervino Duration LanguageSpanish
DirectorIvan Lipkies ScreenplayMaria Elena Velasco CountryMexico
Release dateJanuary 1999 (1999-01) (Mexico) CastMaria Elena Velasco (La India Maria), Ernesto Gomez Cruz (Carmelo Barriga), Irma Dorantes (Consuelo), Adalberto Martinez (Remigio), Hector Ortega (Santos Barboza) Similar moviesMexican Bus Ride (1952)
Las delicias del poder ("The Delights of Power") is a 1999 Mexican political satire comedy film directed by Iván Lipkies starring María Elena Velasco as La India María with Ernesto Gómez Cruz, Irma Dorantes, and Adalberto Martínez. The film broke the box-office record in Mexico at the time of its release earning 11 million pesos and having been the second-highest grossing film of the year.
In 1952, the presidential candidate of the PUM political party Carmelo Barriga visits the rural town of San Jilemón el Alto where he gives a speech promoting his candidacy and political party. During the speech and among the townspeople, a young woman gives birth to two twin girls. In a political move, Carmelo decides to adopt one of the girls whom he names Lorena and who becomes an active politician in her own political party, the PUF. Lorena then becomes a presidential candidate running against her rival, Santos Barboza of the PUM. When Lorena and her campaign visits San Toribio del Trueno, a firework accident causes her to abandon the candidacy. Fortunately, campaign member Gonzalo remembers about Lorena's twin and decides to search for her so that she can substitute Lorena and therefore the campaign can resume.
María Elena Velasco as María Becerra / Lorena Barriga
Ernesto Gómez Cruz as Carmelo Barriga
Irma Dorantes as Consuelo Artigas
Farnesio de Bernal as Gonzalo
Adalberto Martínez as Remígio
Héctor Ortega as Santos Barboza
Arturo Echeverría as Germán
José Luis Moreno as Cajigas (credited as Moreno López)