Arsenio Cadena is a Mexican director, screenwriter and producer known for his work on films such as "The Perfect Dictatorship" (2014) and "The Untold Story of El Chicharron" (2018).
Cadena was born in Mexico City in 1975 and grew up in a working-class family in the state of Tlaxcala. He studied film at the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM) and graduated with a degree in communication.
Cadena began his career in the film industry as a production assistant on the set of "Cumbres Borrascosas" (1998), directed by Carlos Carrera. He then began to write and direct his own short films, including "El Corazón de la Noche" (2000) and "La Muerte del Chupacabras" (2002).
He then made his feature-length debut with "The Perfect Dictatorship" (2014), which was well-received at the Morelia International Film Festival and won several awards. The film dealt with the issue of political corruption in Mexico and was a commercial success in the country.
In 2017, Cadena directed "The Untold Story of El Chicharron", a biopic about the legendary Mexican revolutionary Emiliano Zapata. The film was praised for its accurate portrayal of Zapata's life and for its strong performances. It was also a success at the box office.
Cadena is currently working on a new project, "The Rupture", a psychological thriller about a family whose lives are changed when a mysterious stranger arrives at their doorstep.
Cadena has been praised for his ability to tell stories with a strong social message, as well as for his technical proficiency. He has been credited for creating films that are both emotionally engaging and aesthetically pleasing.
Cadena has won several awards for his work, including the Ariel Award for Best First Feature Film for "The Perfect Dictatorship" and the Ariel Award for Best Director for "The Untold Story of El Chicharron". He is considered one of the most important Mexican directors of his generation.