We are all children of the war, Andreu says to himself as much as the audience. Like every village in the country, his was torn between fronts and ideologies. Falangists and Republicans live door to door, at the ready. Andreu and his friends Francisca, Manuel and Pau witness a mass execution under cover of night. Next morning, they decide to dispense some justice of their own. Whilst punishing one shooter's son by force-feeding him a laxative, Pau smashes the child's head in a fit of rage. Shocked, he kills himself. The shadows of this day's horrors shall hang over the survivor's lives - innocence lost once again. The Sea is a vibrant masterpiece; morbid, violent at heart and unflinching in its gaze. It is inspired in equal parts by Bernanos, Schnitzler and Cela, with some choice splashes of ur-Spanish Surrealism, the crasser variety.
Director
Agustí Villaronga
Country of production
Spain
Production Year
2000
Festival Edition
IFFR 2011
Length
107'
Medium
35mm
International title
The Sea
Languages
Spanish, Catalan
Producers
Paulo Branco, Lluís Ferrando Miralles, Isona Passola
Production Company
Massa d'Or Produccions
Sales
Massa d'Or Produccions
Screenplay
Antoni Aloy, Biel Mesquida, Agustí Villaronga, based on the novel by Blai Bonet
Cinematography
Jaume Peracaula
Editor
Raúl Román
Production Design
Francesc Candini
Sound Design
Edgar Vidal
Music
Javier Navarrete
Cast
Hernán González