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Land and Freedom

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Original title
Land and Freedom (Tierra y libertad)
Running time
110 min.
United Kingdom United Kingdom
Jim Allen
George Fenton
Barry Ackroyd
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Co-production United Kingdom-Spain-Germany; Parallax Pictures / Messidor Films / Road Movies Britte Produktionen / TVE / Polygram Filmed Entertainment / Working Title Films
War. Drama | Spanish Civil War. Historical
Synopsis / Plot
Earnestly talky drama focusing on idealist Liverpudlian communist David Carr (Hart), who heads to Spain in 1937 to fight against Franco's fascists. What David learns is that the Republican forces, made up of independent militia, are bitterly divided, with much infighting and betrayal from the Stalinist forces within David's own party. He falls for socialist Blanca (Rosana Pastor) and learns how terrifying and haphazard war can be (with timeout for ideological discussions). Sympathetic characters and sweeping action help to compensate for the political polemics.
1995: Cannes Film Festival: FIPRESCI Award (ex-aequo), Prize of the Ecumenical Jury
1995: BAFTA Awards: Nominated for Best British Film
1995: Cesar Awards: Best Foreign Film
1995: European Film Awards: Best Film
1995: Félix Award: Best European Movie
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