When “El Santo Cachón” was featured in the Oscar-nominated movie
The video clip of Santo Cachon was recorded in the municipality of Subtran, Antioquia. Despite the low budget for which the video was allotted, it is part of the most popular film in the history of Vallenato due to its humor and mirror play.
The story goes back to 2014, when a scene from the movie “Nebraska” by American director Alexander Payne contained just over 50 seconds of footage. “The Holy Cachon”Vallenato written by the late musician and composer Romualdo Brito (2020) and made worldwide popular in 1994 by “Los Embajadores Vallenatos” on their album “Borrachera Wherever You Want”.
In the scene in question, the film’s protagonist, actor Bruce Dern, who plays an old man named Woody Grant, along with his son David (Will Forte), enter a workshop where two Hispanic mechanics check the transmission of a car while listening to the vallenato chant sung by Damien Robinson. Her video, recorded in the Subtran Antioquia, is still remembered for its symbolism, character, and visual effects of the game of mirrors. We invite you to read: When Shakira was taken out of the recording studio to enter Diomedes
“El Santo Cachón” in “Nebraska,” an English-language scene
“El Santo Cachón” in “Nebraska,” a scene in Spanish
The characters who appear to act as mechanics are played by non-professional actors. In real life, these guys are real mechanics from Plainview, Nebraska, where much of the movie was shot. Director Alexander Payne chose to include these people to give the film more realism and authenticity, and to capture the essence of life in a small rural town in the United States. This technique is known as “street casting” or “open casting”, and consists of casting non-professional actors or lay people to star as characters in a film or theatrical production.
What is “Nebraska” about?
The plot revolves around Woody Grant (played by Bruce Dern), an old man living in Montana who receives a letter informing him that he has won a million dollars in a contest. Despite the fact that the letter is a publicity stunt, Woody is determined to go to Lincoln, Nebraska, to claim his prize. His son David (played by Will Forte) decides to take him on a road trip to Nebraska, where Woody was born and raised.
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During the trip, father and son pass through different cities and meet friends and family, allowing them to explore family relationships and social dynamics in a rural community in the United States. The film also deals with issues such as aging, loss, memory, and the desire to find a purpose in life. “Nebraska” is a simple and soulful film, with black and white photography enhancing the somber and nostalgic tone of the story.
How did El Santo Cachón get to Nebraska?
Writer and screenwriter Javier Romero said, in a thread he posted on his Twitter account, that the person responsible for including “El Santo Cachón” in “Nebraska” is Mark Orton, an American musician known for being part of the music group Tin Hat. Trio, which fuses different musical styles such as jazz, classical and folk music.
The film’s music is mainly instrumental, relying on the use of acoustic instruments such as guitar, banjo, violin, and mandolin. Orton’s music contributes to a melancholy and nostalgic atmosphere that fits well with the story’s rural setting. The musical “Nebraska” was well received by critics, and was nominated for several awards, including a Golden Globe Award and an Academy Award.
The Alexander Payne-directed film earned six 2014 Academy Award nominations: Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actor (Bruce Dern), Best Supporting Actress (June Squibb), Best Original Screenplay, and Best Cinematography. The adaptation was also nominated for the Palme d’Or at the 2013 Cannes Film Festival, where Bruce Dern won Best Actor.
What is “El Santo Cachón” about?
The song’s lyrics are about a man who suspects his wife is cheating on him with another man. The expression “santo cachon” is used to refer to a man who has been cheated on by his partner without realizing it. The song was a hit in the region due to its catchy beat and lighthearted, upbeat lyrics, which refer to comical and exaggerated situations related to cheating on love.
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