Heart of Time

Corazón del tiempo

Heart of Time permeates the uncharted territory of Chiapas state, in Mexico, at the core of the Zapatistas’ struggle for autonomy. Sonia is about to get married, the families of the couple-to-be have settled all the details, and the dowry – limited to a single cow – has been agreed upon. However, Sonia is in love with someone else, a fighter of the guerrilla army. EZLN is now bound to object to the wedding; the entire community is seeking ways to resolve the matter, asking for its voice to be heard, with the hope that love will overcome repression.

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Direction: Alberto Cortés
Script: Hermann Bellinghausen, Alberto Cortés
Cinematography: Marc Bellver
Editing: Lucrecia Gutierrez Maupomé, Alberto Cortés
Sound: Emilio Cortés
Music: Descemer Bueno, Kevis Ochoa
Actors: Rocío Barrios, Francisco Jiménez, Marisela Rodríguez, doña Aurelia, Leonardo Rodríguez
Production: Bataclán Cinematográfica, Junta de Buen Gobierno ¨Hacia la Esperanza¨, FOPROCINE, Universidad de Guadalajara, DiPA, Cinefucion IMCINE, Estudios Churubusco Azteca Filmoteca de la UNAM Imval Producciones
Producers: Ana Solares, Alberto Cortés
Format: DCP
Color: Color
Production Country: Mexico
Production Year: 2008
Duration: 91΄
Contact: Bataclán Cinematográfica
Awards/Distinctions: Special Jury Award – Cine Ceará National Cinema Festival 2009

Associate Producer: Isabel Cristina Fregoso

Alberto Cortés

Alberto Cortés studied cinema at the University Center for Cinematographic Studies of the National Autonomous University of Mexico (CUEC-UNAM), where he specialized in directing and editing. He was a fellow of the Rockefeller McArthur Foundation, in order to write the script for Violeta (1997). His first feature film was the award-winning Love around the Corner (1986). Alberto is also well-known for his several short films and documentaries.


1977 La Marcha (short doc)
1982 La Tierra de los Tepehuas (short)
1986 Love Around the Corner
1991 City of the Blind
1997 Violeta
2008 Heart of Time
2018 Maize in Time of War (doc)