Films mark 80th year of Spanish Civil War’s end

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Spanish Civil War movies

ON APRIL 6, in commemoration of the 80th anniversary of the end of the Spanish Civil War, Instituto Cervantes, in collaboration with the Embassy of Spain and the University of the Philippines Film Institute, will be holding “El fin de la Guerra Civil,” a mini film cycle featuring two movies set during the turbulent post-Civil war era in Spain.

These films — La Colmena at 4:30 p.m., and Pa Negre at 6:30 p.m. — will be shown at the Cine Adarna of the UPFI Film Center Videotheque in UP Diliman, Quezon City.

The Civil War, which took place from 1936 to 1939, has been considered as the most traumatic event in Spanish contemporary history. The clash between the left-leaning Republican government and the right-wing Nationalists left the nation divided as they struggled for control of the country.

The first film, La Colmena (Mario Camus 1982), takes place in Madrid. Based on a 1943 book of the same title by Camilo José Cela, it takes place in the café La Delicia, where we catch a glimpse of the lives of a wide variety of characters trying to survive in the Spanish capital after the Civil War. This film won a Golden Bear Award at the 33rd Berlin International Film Festival.

The second film is Pa Negre (Agustí Villaronga, 2010). Set in postwar rural Catalonia, 11-year-old Andreu comes across the bodies of a man and his son in the woods. When the authorities try to pin the blame on his father, the boy is determined to find out who the real killer is. The experience opens Andreu’s eyes to the world of adults who live on lies. This movie won Best Film in the Goya Awards and Best Film in Catalan in the Gaudí Awards.

Admission is free on a first-come, first-served basis. For details visit, Instituto Cervantes Facebook page, or call Instituto Cervantes at 526-1482.