The mexican filmmaker Gabriel Retes passed away this Monday at the age of 73, without that by the time you get to know the causes of his death, as confirmed by the Secretariat of Culture of Mexico in its official Twitter account.
The producer and director made around 19 films, among the most famous were “The Lump”, “Welcome” Welcome ” and “city naked”, which are located within the one hundred best movies of mexican cinema.
He was the son of actor and theatre director Ignacio Retes and actress Lucia Balzaretti, who inherited the taste for the arts.
Retes began his acting career by participating in productions directed by her father, but it was until 1968 when he ventured into the movies in the ribbon “Burning in the dream”, filmed by Paco Ignacio Taibo II, who was also his friend.
In 1975 he directed his first film, “Chin Chin el teporocho”, which is based on the book by Armando Ramirez and took him to get the Ariel award to Best Opera Prima.
The tape tells the story of an alcoholic’s famous mexican community of Tepito, which he recalls how he ended up immersing himself in the world of drugs.
“Paper flowers”, “Bandera Rota” and “A sweet smell of death” were also some of their films more prominent during his little more than 40 years of career.
LAMENT HIS DEATH
The death of the filmmaker generated reactions among his colleagues, among them the writer, director and producer mexican Guillermo Arriaga.
“I weigh. Several of his films were very influential on my generation, and was an excellent person. A hug to his family and the entire film community,” he said in his official Twitter account.
The director, mexican María Novaro also regretted “deeply” the death of Retes whom he recognized as a “filmmaker, prolific, controversial, brilliant, funny, energetic, crazy, and endearing”.
Institutions such as the Filmoteca of the UNAM, and Morelia Film Festival also mourned the death of the mexican filmmaker.