Nazareno Cruz and the Wolf

Nazareno Cruz y el lobo

Theatrical release poster
Directed by Leonardo Favio
Produced by Leonardo Favio
Screenplay by Leonardo Favio
Jorge Zuhair Jury
Based on Nazareno Cruz y el lobo (radio program)
by Juan Carlos Chiappe
Starring Juan José Camero
Marina Magali
Alfredo Alcón
Lautaro Murúa
Music by Juan José García Caffi
Cinematography Juan José Stagnaro
Choila Producciones Cinematográficas
Distributed by Producciones del Plata S.A.
Release dates
Running time
92 minutes
Country Argentina
Language Spanish

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.[1][2]

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.[3] It was also entered in the 9th Moscow International Film Festival.[4]


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.


See also


  1. El multifacético Leonardo Favio La corneta cultural magazine, June 2010 (Spanish)
  2. The Secret in Their Eyes is already a record (Spanish)
  3. Margaret Herrick Library, Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences
  4. "9th Moscow International Film Festival (1975)". MIFF. Retrieved 2013-01-05.
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