Pa negre

  • 108'
  • Spain
  • 2010
Villaronga's latest is an adaptation of the eponymous 2003 novel by Emili Teixidor, discretely augmented by elements from two 1979 works, Retrat d'un assassí d'ocells and Sic transit Gloria Swanson. It marks a return to the psycho-geography of El mar - again, it takes place in a Spain marked by the barely closed wounds of the Civil War; again, it's set in a rural, almost pastoral, universe; again, skulls are smashed; again, it tells of the loss of innocence. Only this time around it's but one boy, force-fed a wisdom he never asked for. Andreu (he even has the same name as El mar's main character) finds two bodies in a forest: a man and his son. 'As you sow so you shall reap', an elderly man mumbles upon hearing the news. The Guardia Civil soon arrests Andreu's father. In the end, Pa negre turns out to be a story not only about family, but also class relations. A mature masterpiece.
Director
Agustí Villaronga
Country of production
Spain
Production Year
2010
Festival Edition
IFFR 2011
Length
108'
Medium
35mm
International title
Black Bread
Languages
Spanish, Catalan
Producer
Isona Passola
Production Companies
Massa d'Or Produccions, Televisió de Catalunya
Sales
Beta Cinema
Screenplay
Agustí Villaronga, based on the novel by Emili Teixidor
Cinematography
Antonio Riestra
Editor
Raúl Román
Production Design
Ana Alvargonzalez
Sound Design
Dani Fontrodona, Fernando Novillo, Ricard Casals
Music
José Manuel Pagán
Cast
Marina Gatell