NEW ENGLAND PREMIERE. Manuela (Goya Award-winning actress Marian Álvarez) and the poor citizens of her small village in northwest Spain work in the mines processing wolfram (aka tungsten) for the Nazis who are harvesting the rare metal for the Third Reich’s war machine. When the miners plan a revolt and her sister begins helping Jews cross the border into Portugal, Manuela must decide if she can remain neutral in a time of war. Spanish director Simón Casal de Miguel imbues his WWII thriller with the look of a Francisco de Zurbarán oil painting and notes of magical realism, infusing the Galician countryside with a mysticism as old as the forest’s twisting yew trees and the mysterious wolves that roam beneath them. Inspired by actual events.
Director: Simón Casal de Miguel | Spain | 2015 | 105m | Spanish & German w/ English subtitles
Screening as part of
The National Center for Jewish Film’s
19th Annual Film Festival
1296 Washington St
West Newton, MA 02465