Spain, 2010, 108 Minute Running Time
Topics: Coming of Age, Crime, Drama, Gay/Lesbian, Latino
Program: Awards Buzz : Best Foreign Language Film
Language: Spanish English Sub-Titles
In the harsh post-Civil War years in rural Catalonia, a shockingly vicious attack takes place. Ten-year-old Andreu encounters the victims, a father and son. Leaning over the dying boy, Andreu hears him whisper “Pitorliu”—the name of a monster supposedly haunting the village. When Andreu’s father is wrongly accused of the murder, the boy sets out to find the real killers and brings to light long hidden secrets. The film’s violent opening is an apt foreshadowing of the brutal coming-of-age in store for Andreu in a world of adults nourished by lies, myths and wicked revelations.
One of the most creative and individual Spanish filmmakers of his generation, Agustí Villaronga’s adaptation of a novel by Emil Teixidor keeps the story moving relentlessly to dark and sinister places while questioning the decency of the human spirit. The breathtaking cinematography and a brilliant ensemble cast made Black Bread one of the best and most discussed films at the 2010 San Sebastian Film Festival. Though the film contains a scene that may offend those with a heightened sensitivity regarding cruelty to animals, no animals were harmed during the making of the film.
DIRECTOR: Agustí Villaronga
Producer: Massa D’Or Produccions, Televisió de Catalunya
Editor: Raúl Román
Screenwriter: Agustí Villaronga
Cinematographer: Ana Alvargonzalez
Music: José Manuel Pagan
Principal Cast: Francesc Colomer, Marina Comas, Nora Navas, Roger Casamajor, Laia Marull, Eduard Fernández, Sergi López
Filmography: Aro Tolbukhin in the Mind of a Killer (2002), The Sea (2000), In a Glass Cage (1987)
Print Source: Beta Cinema - www.betafilm.com