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Cría Cuervos / Raise Ravens

LES FILMS DE CANNES À BUCAREST 10 - FOCUS SPAIN

Cría Cuervos / Raise Ravens LES FILMS DE CANNES À BUCAREST 10  - FOCUS SPAIN

FOCUS SPAIN

Special Jury Prize (ex-aequo), Cannes 1976

Directed by: Carlos Saura

Year of production: 1976

Country: Spain

Genre: drama

Length: 107 minutes

Carlos Saura's exquisite Cría cuervos heralded a turning point in Spain: shot while General Franco was on his deathbed, the film melds the personal and the political in a portrait of the legacy of fascism and its effects on a middle-class family (the title derives from the Spanish proverb: “Raise ravens and they’ll peck out your eyes”).

Ana Torrent (the dark-eyed beauty from The Spirit of the Beehive) portrays the disturbed eight-year-old Ana, living in Madrid with her two sisters and mourning the death of her mother, whom she conjures as a ghost (an ethereal Geraldine Chaplin). Seamlessly shifting between fantasy and reality, the film subtly evokes both the complex feelings of childhood and the struggles of a nation emerging from the shadows. (The Criterion Collection)

Credits

Carlos SAURA - Director

Carlos SAURA - Script / Dialogue

Teo ESCAMILLA – Cinematography

Cast

Hector ALTERIO

Mirta MILLER

ALMENDROS

Monica RANDALL

Florina Chico

Géraldine CHAPLIN

Josefina DIAZ

Conchita PEREZ

Ana TORRENT

Maite SANCHEZ

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