Mexican filmmaker Jorge Fons, director of "Rojo Amanecer" dies

In the early hours of this Thursday, when an earthquake of 6.9 was also recorded, the death of the filmmaker at the age of 83 was reported. "The alley of miracles", another of his most famous works

The director of films such as "The Alley of Miracles" or "Rojo Dawn", Jorge Fons, died early today at the age of 83.


The Film Academy was the one who confirmed the death of the director who won the award for best Ibero-American film at the Goya awards, in 1995, for his work "El alley of miracles."

He was part of the first generation of directors who graduated from the UNAM University Center for Cinematographic Studies (CUEC), from which several of the best Mexican filmmakers have come out, including Alfonso Cuarón, who directed "ROMA."

He participated in several groups and plays, both for the radio and for Channel 11, the channel of the National Polytechnic Institute.

After finishing his studies at CUEC, Jorge experimented with creating commercials, videos, and short films; it was until 1972 that he began as a filmmaker with the film "You, me, us".


Later, Fons filmed "The Puppies" (1973), "The Bricklayers" (1976), "This is Vietnam" (1979), and one of the most important films in his career: "Red Dawn" (1989), which portrayed the events that occurred on October 2, 1968, remembered as the day of the Tlatelolco massacre.


In addition to that Goya award, he won the Silver Bear in Berlin for his film "Los albañiles".


He was also president of the Academy of Cinematographic Arts and Sciences of Mexico in the 2000s and was awarded the National Prize for Arts and Sciences in the area of ​​Fine Arts.


Who was Jorge Fons?

An important chapter in the history of Mexican cinema closes with the unexpected death of director Jorge Fons, who offered, through his cinematographic work, a critical look at contemporary Mexico, a legacy that has remained for posterity in films such as "Red Dawn " (1989) and "The attack" (2010).


Fons was born in Tuxpan, Veracruz, on April 23, 1939, but spent his entire childhood in Tlalnepantla, State of Mexico. His first steps in the world of actions were taken in the student theater, being a founding member of the Tlalnepantla Theater (1954-1957), between 1962 and 1965 he collaborated as an assistant to José Luis Ibañez in various productions. He studied acting, actor direction, and stage direction with Seki Sano and Enrique Ruelas (1958-1960).


In 1963 he entered the University Center for Cinematographic Studies UNAM (CUEC), where he studied filmmaking and belonged to the first generation of this career. In 1968 he made his debut as a director with the short film "La Surprise", the script was written by Gustavo Sainz, later followed by "El Quelite", the first feature film he made in 1969.


From that moment on, his work in the seventh art was constant, with films such as "The Puppies" (1971), "Five thousand dollar reward" (1974); in 1973 he directed the short film "Caridad", which to date is considered one of the best works of Mexican cinema; "The five little wolves of the forest" (1974) in this documentary the history of the CTM is approached. Together with Luis Carrión and Vicente Leñero, he wrote the script for the film "Los albañiles" (1976), in 1980 he filmed the documentary " Así es Vietnam ", but without a doubt, his masterpieces are "Rojo Dawn" (1989) and " The alley of miracles" (1995).


He also left part of his history on television, performing melodramas such as "The house at the end of the street" (1989), "I buy that woman" (1990), "El Vuelo del Águila" (1992), "Gitanas" ( 2004), "A lucky family" (2011), "Because love rules" (2012), to name a few.


In 2010, he made the film "The Attack", with a script by Vicente Leñero, Fernando León, and Jorge Fons, based on the novel "The Attack File", by Álvaro Uribe, a film that cost 70 million pesos, making it the most face of the history of national cinema, up to that moment.


From 1998 to 2002 he was president of the Mexican Academy of Cinematographic Arts and Sciences, coming to put an order within this organism that was polarized, to achieve the greatest benefit for its members.