Paper Birds

Paper Birds  {Pájaros de Papel}
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Paper Birds
Pájaros de Papel
Spain, 2010, 115 Minute Running Time
Topics: Comedy, Dance/Music, Drama, Gay/Lesbian, History, Seniors
Programs: Best of the Fest, New Voices/New Visions
Language: Spanish English Sub-Titles

After the civil war has destroyed their lives, an odd assortment of vaudeville artists bands together to perform in a traveling troupe. Scenes of rehearsal and joyous performance are contrasted with the oppressive watchfulness of Francoist agents, as the troupe struggles for subsistence on days when applause must suffice to sate the hunger pangs. Part celebration of this lost art, and part a touching tale of the bonds of friendship that develop between the artists, the film retains a sincere tone without lapsing into melodrama.

This loyal and accurate portrayal of vaudevillians comes from first time director Emilio Aragon, once a clown himself (performing as the famed Milikito) and features superb performances from Imanol Arias, Lluis Homar and Carmen Machi. Set in the dark days of the Franco dictatorship with the shadow of Nazism looming, this story shows us how the pursuit of excellence one’s craft, no matter how humble, can elevate us out of the daily drudgery of survival, even if fleetingly so. Winner, Audience Award, Montreal World Film Festival.

Director to attend screenings on 1/7 and 1/8

DIRECTOR: Emilio Aragón
Producer: Emilio Aragón, Mercedes Gamero
Editor: Jose Salcedo
Screenwriter: Fernando Castets, Emilio Aragón
Cinematographer: David Omedes A.E.C.
Music: Emilio Aragón (Violin: Ara Malikian/ Trikitixa: Kepa Junquera/ Guitar: Pepe Habicuela, Josemi Carmon
Principal Cast: Imanol Arias, Lluís Homar, Roger Princep, Carmen Machi, Fernando Cayo, Diego Martin
Filmography: Debut Feature
Print Source: Imagina Film Sales -

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