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Soldados de salamina / Soldiers of Salamina

A film by David Trueba

 

2003, Spain, Drama, 119 min.

Starring: Ariadna Gil, Ramon Fontserè, Joan Dalmau, María Botto, Diego Luna, Alberto Ferreiro

Based on the novel by Javier Cercas

 

 

Wednesday, October 17, 7pm – FREE!

Emma S. Barrientos Mexican American Cultural Center (MACC)

600 River Street [Map]

 

Presented as part of the series "Transitions in Spanish Cinema: Spain from the 1930's to the present." [Read more]

 

 

 

Lola wrote one successful novel, but she has not been able to match her success ever since. Now she teaches at the university, lives alone and writes small pieces for the newspaper. When her editor assigns her a piece on the Spanish Civil War, she comes across the story of Rafael Sánchez Mazas, a Nationalist author who escaped execution by the Republicans at the end of the war. His trail leads to the enigmatic story of Mirelles, the man who spared Sánchez Mazas’ life and allowed him to escape. As Lola digs deeper in this story, she encounters unlikely allies in a fortune-teller, a Mexican student looking for his ancestors, and a stranger who provides clues and encouragement. SOLDADOS DE SALAMINA shows the proximity of the Spanish Civil War across generations, even when most people don’t want to remember, or talk about it.

 

Lola escribió una novela exitosa, pero desde entonces no ha sido capaz de igualar su éxito. Ahora es profesora en la universidad, vive sola y escribe para el periódico. Cuando su editor le asigna un artículo acerca de la Guerra Civil Española, Lola encuentra la historia de Rafael Sánchez Mazas, un autor nacionalista que escapó de ser fusilado por los republicanos al final de la guerra. Su rastro apunta hacia la enigmática historia de Mirelles, el hombre que perdonó la vida a Sánchez Mazas y le permitió escapar. Lola se adentra cada vez más en esta historia, acompañada por inusuales aliados: una adivina de cartas, un estudiante mexicano en busca de sus antepasados, y un extraño que le procura pistas y ánimo. SOLDADOS DE SALAMINA muestra la proximidad de la guerra a través de las generaciones, aún cuando la mayoría de la gente prefiere no recordar, y no hablar de ello.

 

David-Trueba

David Trueba

 

 

 

 

Soldados de salamina

Spain, Drama, 2003
119 mins, 35mm, Color/Black & White
In Spanish and Catalan with English subtitles

Cast

Ariadna Gil – Lola

Ramon Fontserè – Rafael Sánchez Mazas

Joan Dalmau – Miralles

María Botto – Conchi

Diego Luna – Gastón

Alberto Ferreiro – Joven miliciano

Luis Cuenca – Padre de Lola

 

Credits

Directed by David Trueba

Written by David Trueba, based on the novel by Javier Cercas

Produced by Andrés Vicente Gómez &Cristina Huete

Cinematography by Javier Aguirresarobe

Edited by David Trueba

Production Design: Salvador Parra

Music by Arvo Pärt

Production Company: Lola films

 

 

Program Notes

 

 

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