Paul Leduc, avant-garde film personality, loses his life


The one who shared the news of the death was the Mexican Academy of Cinematographic Arts and Sciences itself who confirmed through a message on Twitter that Paul Leduc he had lost his life.

The filmmaker was characterized and recognized by several titles such as "Reed, México Insurgente" in 1973, in addition to the film "Frida: Naturaleza viva", the latter starring the actress Ofelia Medina, where life and work were recreated. by Frida Kahlo, the renowned Mexican painter, wife of the muralist Diego Rivera.

His name quickly became a trend on social networks this Wednesday, October 21, as hundreds of people are mourning his loss, they also send their condolences to the filmmaker's family.

Much sadness, my teacher, my mentor and my friend died. It's hard for me to believe, rest in peace, dear Paul Leduc, "it was Everardo Gonzalez who shared this message via Twitter.

Several personalities from television as well as from the cinema, who shared messages of encouragement for the family via Twitter, as well as the news about the loss of the also screenwriter and film critic.

There were several films in which he participated as a film director, as well as a critic and screenwriter.However, he had his beginnings in France, which was where he studied thanks to a scholarship that he won to study in 1965, later returning to his native country in Mexico, where I create several short documentaries, fortunately had an excellent start.

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He participated in certain feature film projects that today are considered classics of Mexican cinema, one of them is "El Grito" released in 1968 as well as "Mexico the frozen revolution" in 1970.

Four years ago he received the Golden Ariel for his career, the speech he gave when receiving his award was extremely emotional, because it expressed the problems that Mexican cinema had, it is worth listening to his words and remembering him as one of the great filmmakers from Mexico.

Once he began to dedicate himself to making feature films his popularity began even more, his project "Reed, Insurgent Mexico" was the project that opened the doors to success, later on recreating the life and work of the Mexican painter Frida Kahlo, he and his collaborators they carried out an excellent work.

It was with the film "Frida: Naturaleza viva" the film that won the Ariel award for best directing, leading actress, supporting actress, cinematography, editing and setting, as well as several international awards.

Later he was followed by large important projects, remembered today as jewels from his own collection so to speak, however those mentioned above are the most representative of his career.

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The screenwriter decided to voluntarily retire from cinema in the mid-nineties, there is no doubt that Paul Levoc will be remembered to posterity as one of the great avant-garde filmmakers of all time.

Mexican cinema continues to be a business but not for Mexican filmmakers, "he argued in one of his speeches.

His full name was Paul Leduc Rosenzweig, he was born on March 11, 1942 in Mexico City, he lost his life on October 21, 2020, in 2013 he was awarded a distinction to the National Prize for Sciences and Arts; In 2016 he was awarded a Gold Ariel Lifetime Achievement Award.

The obligation of every filmmaker would consist of committing himself to any subject and having a critical and political vision of the Paul Leduc taught us to question in doing and to become aware of the resonance of our voices until forever, a teacher wrote @CatedraBergman on Twitter.

Paul Lebac He was married to the producer Bertha Navarro, with whom he had his daughter, Valentina Leduc Navarro, who decided to follow the path of her father, is also a filmmaker.

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