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SELECTION OF GALICIAN FILMS

1. The Sea Inside (Mar Adentro) - Alejandro Amenabar (2004) - drama

2. The Living Forest (O bosque animado)- José Luís Cuerda (1987) - comedy, fantasy

 3. The living forest  (O Bosque Animado) - Ángel de la Cruz, Manolo Gómez (2001) animation, fantasy

 4. Mondays in the Sun (Os Luns ao Sol)- Fernando León de Araona (2002) - drama

 5. Butterfly’s Tongue (A Lingua das Bolboretas)- José Luís Cuerda (1999) - drama

 6. Blue Days (Días Azuis)- Miguel Santesmases (2006) - comedy

 7. Pradolongo  (Pradolongo) - Ignacio Vilar (2008) - drama

 

 STUDENT'S REVIEWS

 Mar adentro: The Sea Inside

When I think in Galicia I have always in my mind the film "The sea Insise" directed by Alejandro Amenavar and starred by Javier Bardem. It's the story about someone who wants to commit suicide after having an accident and becoming handicapped. So he cannot commit suicide without help.

The landscape, the people and the atmosphere in general, reflect quite well the Galician society, and their hard-working, stuborn people with a strong personality. A hard past of poverty, with a lot of immigration all around the world but more specially to Europe, to places like Germany, France, Switzerland, also to South America and of course the USA.

We can also see in the film the importance of the family. Nowadays we are not so influenced by our parents and grandparents but in the past they weere so important. They represented all the values like authority, wisdom, etc. (Carlos Cobelo)

O Bosque Animado: The Living Forest

The film is based on the book of the same name written by Wenceslao Fernández Flórez in 1943 and adapted by Rafael Azcona, the director was José Luis Cuerda and the main actors were Alfredo Landa as Fendetestas, Fernando Valverde as Geraldo (Fendetestas, best friend who had a prosthetic leg), Miguel Rellán as Fiz de Cotovelo (the ghost), Alejandra Grepi as Hermelinda, Fernando Rey as Mr D’abondo, Luma Gomez as Marica da fame and more.

The action takes place in the northwest of Spain in Galicia; the film tells the story about the customs and traditions of the people of that time from a funny point of view but showing the hard living conditions they had.

Fendetestas will bring the panic in the forest as a bandit of his region. But there is a problem, there aren’t many people living in this region, everyone knows everyone and everyone is too poor so it is going to be difficult that someone takes Fendetestas too seriously. The other actors create parallel stories that tell the life, customs and traditions in that time, such as the lost soul (Fiz de Cotovelo) or the poor people (Marica da fame).

I recommend it because ii’s a funny film, full of situations that will make us laugh, it’s full of characters representing the Spanish way of life, the strict priest and Guardia Civil (the police officers), the village idiot, the old devout women, the rich man and a ghost walking around the forest. (R.Francisco Corral Naveiras)

 

This film was based on the Wenceslao Fernandez Flores novel “el bosque animado”. Its story is placed in a forest where a bandit lives. However, whenever he tries to work something happens and avoids him to rob the people who live in the little village nearby.

The film uses this starting point to tell us the amusing relationships between the bandit, a sad ghost who lives in the forest too and the inhabitants of the village, and their fight to survive in a poor rural community in Galicia during the first years of twentieth century.

The wonderful forest, the great actor’s and actress’ performing and the hilarious scenes make this film a good way of knowing the history of Galician rural society, and its landscape as well. (Miguel) 

Os luns ao sol: Mondays in the Sun

This is a film directed by Fernando León de Aranoa and starred by Javier Bardem, Luis Tosar and other good Spanish actors.

The film is set in Vigo which is a very important industrial coastal city from the south of Galicia. There are a lot of blue-collar workers working in the several shipyards there. The action takes place in the 70’s.

The film tells the story of a group of these workers who were given the sack because of the industrial restructuring. Every day is Sunday for them. They try to get a new job although it’s impossible because of their age so they spend most of the time drinking and chatting about their frustrations at the bar. As a result of this desperate situation, one of them commits suicide.

Although the film is really sad, you can find some funny moments in it. My first impression was that I didn’t like it, but I think it is worth watching it because this film reflects quite well how hard it is to be unemployed and not to be able to feed your family. Another important reason to watch the film is that the acting of all the actors is brilliant. I hope you like it. (Moisés Acción Portela)

 

This moving film was shot in Vigo and its plot goes about the consequences of industrial crisis in cities like Vigo and Ferrol during  the eighties.

The reason for this title is one of its scenes, when Santa (the main character, played by Javier Bardem) and two of his colleagues are on a little ship in front of the port of Vigo, taking a “working class sunbath”. Santa asks them: “which day is today?”… One answers “Today is Monday”.

They lost their jobs in the dockyard, and each of them had been carrying on building a new future since it happened. However they haven’t found a new job yet and their problems are getting bigger day after day. The ways they understand their new situation are very different, going from Santa’s rage against capitalism and Amador’s desperation.

The film won the best film award in San Sebastian Festival in 2003.  (Miguel) 

A lingua das bolboretas: Butterfly’s Tongue  

It is a film directed by José Luis Cuerda in 1999. The story takes place in a littlevillage in Galicia just in the days when the Second Republic is shot by the bulletsof fascism. The Spanish Civil War separates the enriching relation between an elderly teacher and a young knowing-thirsty kid.

It is a beautiful though tough drama that could easily have happened anywhere in Galicia in those days.(Carlos Montero)

Días Azuis: Blue days

This film is directed by Miguel Santesmases and starred by Oscar Jaenada, Javier Pereira and Javier Ríos. The action takes place seven years ago in Galicia where three very close brothers, Boris, Carlos and Álex, spend their last weekend of a holiday in Ferrol. These days are bitter and sweet at the same time because they are going to say goodbye to the family house where they used to spend the summer. They sell it and it also means the farewell to their youth, the closing of an era. In my opinion, the plot is quite simple, but I liked the fact that the relationship between the brothers wasn't over sentimentalized.

The soundtrack is great, and the fact that the setting is in a small town like Ferrol instead of Madrid or Barcelona is interesting and I felt proud of the landscape of my town.

I recommend to see this film because it offers a spontaneous and entertaining generational description which includes a very representative set of customs of coastal galician villages, like living in the countryside, the night-life and people working as fisherman or farmer, as well. Besides, the film show us how beautiful are landscapes here, with amazing beaches and lots of trees, flowers, forests, lakes, etc. Seeing this film is a good choice if you want to learn more of the lifestyle in Galicia and feel how difficult is grow up and say goodbye to your youth. (Marta Talegón)

 Pradolongo: Pradolongo

Pradolongo is a film made in Galicia and directed by Ignacio Vilar. The cast are Rubén Ríos, Tamara Canosa and Roberto Porto. The film is a drama.

The plot:

Pradolongo is an unusual scenery with a lake and a field. It’s a place where Martiño, Raquel and Armando spent all their summers, when they were kids.

Pradolongo could have a valuable deposit of slate; this can be good for some families, but very bad for the environment. This circumstance makes the relationship between the friends change.

It’s a real story. The film is quite interesting and entertaining; the sights, the relationship, the love story... are also interesting

I like the film because it reminds me of the real rural Galicia.I can recommend Ourense, Valdeorras, the place is wonderful, and the film was made in it.The ending of the story didn’t surprise me, however I liked it. It’s a film for everybody in a family. (María Castro)