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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.


ADVANTAGES OF TRAVELLING BY TRAIN
VENTAJAS DE VIAJAR EN TREN
2019, WaZabi Films, 106 min, Spain/France, Dir: Aritz Moreno

"Would you like me to tell you about my life?" Editor Helga Pato (Pilar Castro) is approached with this disconcerting question during a train journey. Her seatmate turns out to be Ángel Sanagustín (Ernesto Alterio), a psychiatrist who specializes in personality disorders. During the trip, Ángel tells her the sordid and delirious story of the worst clinical case he has ever faced: Martín Urales de Úbeda (Luis Tosar), an extremely dangerous and paranoid patient obsessed with garbage, among many other things, as an instrument of control. This fortuitous encounter will irremediably mark the future of Helga and all the other characters involved in a series of unpredictable plots that overlap, layer after layer, until they reach a delirious climax.


THE GIANT
HANDIA
2017, Film Factory, 114 min, Spain, Dir: Aitor Arregi, Jon Garaño

In this gripping period piece based on actual events, veteran Martín (Joseba Usabiaga) makes a shocking discovery upon returning home from the First Carlist War: his younger brother Joaquín (Eneko Sagardoy) has become the world’s tallest man. As the brothers try to profit from Joaquín’s worsening condition with a circus act travelling across Europe, they face a host of obstacles that test the limits of their beliefs and loyalties. A moving drama about sibling relationships, THE GIANT won an impressive 10 Goya Awards, including Best Original Screenplay, Best Original Score and Best New Actor (Sagardoy). “…[A] film at once fantastic, allegorical and deeply poetic.” - Luis Martínez, El Mundo.


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