THE ENDLESS TRENCH
LA TRINCHERA INFINITA
2019, Netflix, 147 min, Spain/France/Canada, Dir: Aitor Arregi, Jon Garaño, Jose Mari Goenaga

Jose Mari Goenaga. Higinio (Antonio de la Torre) and Rosa (Belen Cuesta) have only been married for a few months when the Spanish Civil War breaks out. Higinio has been marked for execution and Rosa is determined to save her husband’s life by hiding him in their home. After the fascists win the conflict, Higinio must remain in hiding. This award-winning film explores the fear and love that lead Higinio to remain trapped in his own home for more than 30 years. “An outstanding and hypnotic film, claustrophobic, anguishing, complex, never tedious…” - Carlos Boyero, El País.


THE INNOCENCE
LA INNOCÈNCIA
2019, Filmax, 92 min, Spain, Dir: Lucía Alemany

Lis (Carmen Arrufat) is a teenager who dreams of leaving behind her small Catalan town and moving to Barcelona to become a performer. During the languid summer, Lis staves off boredom by partying with her friends and dating an older boy (Joel Bosqued). She must keep the relationship secret from her conservative parents, but this is no easy task with the town’s lack of privacy and gossiping neighbors. As the summer comes to a close and Lis receives an unexpected surprise, she faces the difficult decision of how to come clean to her parents. “There are few directorial debuts that are so sincere, so impulsive, so direct.” - Luis Martínez, El Mundo.


THE EUROPEANS
LOS EUROPEOS
2020, Filmax, 90 min, Spain, Dir: Víctor García León

This adaptation of the eponymous novel by the great Spanish satirist, Rafael Azcona, is set in the late 1950s during Spain’s dictatorship. The film follows Miguel (Raúl Arévalo), a provincial draftsman, and Antonio (Juan Diego Botto), the well-off son of an architect, as they escape the conservatism of the Spanish mainland for the sun-kissed shores of Ibiza, lured by the illusion of freedom and the promise of sexually liberated European women. The two young men join an eclectic community of bohemian vacationers and partygoers, but their stay on the bucolic island is not as carefree as they had planned. As Miguel begins to fall in love with the Parisian Odette (Stéphane Caillard), both must face moral and existential dilemmas. “Sharp, intelligent, comic, and tragic...” Begoña Piña, Elpublico.es


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