- Original title
- Running time
- 102 min.
Rafael Azcona, Carlos Saura (Play: José Sanchís Sinisterra)
José Luis Alcaine
Maurizio De Razza,
Mario de Candia,
Co-production Spain-Italy; Iberoamericana Films / Ellepi / RTVE
Drama. Comedy | Comedy-Drama. Stage Play. Spanish Civil War
- Synopsis / Plot
- Paulino and Carmela are husband and wife, troubadours touring the countryside during the Spanish Civil War (1936-1939). They are Republicans, and with their mute assistant, Gustavete, they journey into rebel territory by mistake. They are arrested, fear a firing squad, and receive a reprieve from an Italian Fascist commander who loves the theatre. He arranges a performance for his troops, bargaining with Paulino to stage a burlesque of the republic in exchange for the actors' freedom. Will the fiery and patriotic Carmela consent?
: 13 Goya Awards: including Best Movie, Director, Actor & Actress. 15 Nom.
: European Film Awards: Best Actress (Carmen Maura)
: Montréal World Film Festival: Best Actor (Andrés Pajares)
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