Release date1975 WriterJuan Carlos Chiappe (radio program), Leonardo Favio, Jorge Zuhair Jury CastJuan José Camero (Nazareno Cruz), Marina Magali (Griselda), Alfredo Alcón (The Powerful), Lautaro Murúa (Julián), Nora Cullen (La Lechiguana), Elcira Olivera Garcés (Damiana) Similar moviesMovies about Argentina, Fantasy movies
Nazareno Cruz and the Wolf (Spanish: Nazareno Cruz y el lobo) is a 1975 Argentine fantasy film directed by Leonardo Favio and starring Juan José Camero and Alfredo Alcón. The story works as an adaptation of the classical myth of the Lobizón, and it has become a classic film. It is also widely known as the most successful of all time in its country. With 3.4 million viewers it holds the national record ahead of El secreto de sus ojos.
It was selected as the Argentine entry for the Best Foreign Language Film at the 48th Academy Awards, but was not accepted as a nominee. It was also entered in the 9th Moscow International Film Festival.
Nazareno Cruz is a young farmer living in a rural town. He is known for being the seventh son of his father, and so he is seen by the locals as the victim of the werewolf curse. Despite this he lives happily in the community. When Nazareno is about to turn 18 he meets Griselda and they both fall in love. Soon after, "Mandinga" (the Devil) presents himself to Nazareno and explains that his curse is real. Mandinga makes Nazareno a proposition: if Nazareno gives up his love, he will receive in exchange his freedom and many riches. Nazareno refuses the deal and eventually turns into a werewolf, becoming involved in a series of tragedies.