The animal part of Tenoch Huerta

With a bold energetic and spiritual transformation he landed in Sundance Tenoch Huerta FestivalOne of the most important Mexican actors of his generation who is now starring in the movie “Son of kings” Where cinema and biology dance side by side.

He defended in an interview: “I have always insisted that science and art are practically the same: it is to imagine worlds that do not exist and make them real, which makes them possible.”

“The practice of science is a gigantic metaphor: you take an element, you combine it with another seemingly unrelated element, and when you put it together, you make a third meaning (…). There is no animal that makes science and no animal makes art: that is the only thing that distinguishes us About animals. “

Symbolic royal butterflies are the backbone of this film by the Franco-Venezuelan artist Alexis Gambes, He is also a filmmaker and scientist, as Huerta plays a Mexican biologist named Mendel who lives in New York but has several outstanding accounts in his home country.

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He is best known for series like “Narcos: México” and movies like “Días de gracia” (2011) or “Güeros” (2014), and he accompanies Huerta on the cast of “Hijo de monarcas” by Noé Hernández, Alexia Rasmussen and Paulina Gitan.

Animal instinct

“I think many times when I am making a film, the animal is like my way of connecting so many themes,” said Gambes.

“The butterfly was interesting because there is this aspect of migration: from Canada through the United States to Mexico. It is a symbol for immigrants because of the idea that the butterfly migrates, has no boundaries, and can fly over a wall. It is like the indomitable part of a king.”

Parallel to his search for butterflies, Mendel’s character gradually embarked on an existential transformation, as the film delves into themes such as death, resentment, forgetfulness, and family.

“We found Mendel in a cocoon, in a cocoon, a little paralyzed,” Huerta said.

“Poeticism aside, I thought it was a functional inhibitor. It works fine: It works, interacts with people, can sustain itself … but it’s depressed, it floats. Still in the process it melts before building something else. And when it dares to do it … Throwing himself into life, in his demons, in his madness, and losing his mind without fear (…) then he can find himself, “he said.

Lab ritual

“Hijo de monarcas” was filmed in New York and Michoacan (Mexico), and presented at Sundance, the most important event in the world. Indie movies Around the world, within the non-competitive NEXT division of Most Innovative Movies.

Plus, this movie’s journey has started nicely since Sundance has already announced that it will win an Alfred P. Sloan Award this year, which recognizes films about science or technology.

Mendel’s scholarly investigations are an essential part of his account, but “Son of Kings” also pays a lot of attention to the spirituality of his character, his rituals outside of logic, and his religious inclinations far from any theory that can be proven.

“Science and spirituality should be more closely related,” said Gambes.

“People think that science is something very objective and separate from ritual, but it is a very philosophical world in which one thinks a lot about life’s questions and in himself. In my experience as a biologist when I was in the lab, the character of Tinook, I was in that shelter and had appearances in my life, of my grandmother who She died at that time … “, he remembers.

In this sense, Huerta explained that in life and in interpretation, it is precisely drawn between these two poles: the animal and the mind, the scientific and the supernatural.


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“If not, I wouldn’t be able to be an actor. I know very rational and good actors, the bottom line, I don’t really like how they work. I know actors who throw themselves like animals and I think it’s cool. It’s the kind of acting that I like. It moves me, takes me and connects me.” .

The best example of this was Huerta in a co-star, Noi Hernandez, Who highlighted his “amazing generosity,” about which he said he learns “every time” that he shares the scene, and affirmed that he is an actor who “thinks about the scene.” Very good, builds it well “then” let’s go with it all. “

He concluded by saying, “I consider Noe Hernandez to be the best Mexican actor alive.”

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