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Black Bread

Pa Negre
Director: Agustí Villaronga

Spain, drama, 2010 m., 108 min.
11 year-old Andreu witnesses the last few seconds in the lives of a little boy and his father. The boy’s last word is “Pitorliua”- the name of a mysterious ghost living in the cave in the woods. The local police, investigating the bodies that lie below the cliff in the woods, initially label it an accident but soon change their minds to murder. No-one but Andreu’s father Farriol is pointed at as the main suspect. Andreu’s world begins to fall apart. His beloved father and personal hero disappears to hide from the police and his exhausted mother is forced to work extra hours in a run-down factory just so they can survive. Andreu is taken to live on a farm in the country where his grandmother and her daughters find their own way to make it through tough times. Here he is faced with the grim realities of a post-war country for the first time. To cope with his feelings of fear and loss, Andreu creates a fantasy world.
 
Awards:
 
2011 – Best Film, Best Actress, Best Cinematography, Best Director, Best New Actor, Best New Actress, Best Production Design, Best Screenplay, Best Sound, Best Supporting Actress Goya awards in Spanish National Cinema award ceremony (Spain).
2011 – Silver Seashell award for the Best Actress at the San Sebastian International Film Festival (Spain).
 
About the director:
 
Agustí Villaronga was born in Palma de Mallorca, in 1953. Unique in his style, A. Villaronga is renowned for splendid visuals. He is best known for his powerful dramas “In the glass cage” (Tras el cristal, 1987) his debut and presented at Berlin Film Festival, “The Sea” (El mar, 2000), winner of the Berlinale’s Manfred Salzgeber Award, as well as “Son of the Moon” (El Niño De la Luna, 1989) with a Goya Film award for the Best Script.
Section: Identity

Screenplay: Emili Teixidor, Agustí Villaronga

Dir. of Photography: Antonio Riestra

Music: José Manuel Pagán

Cast: Francesc Colomer, Marina Comas, Nora Navas, Roger Casamajor, Lluïsa Castell