The countryside of Southern Spain, somewhere in the 1930s. The earth is scorched, the houses are dilapidated. The Bride (La novia) is preparing for her impending marriage to the Bridegroom. In childhood they formed an inseparable trinity with Leonardo, until a family blood feud brought the idyll to an end. Years later, their marriage is intended as the best way to lay the persistent feud to rest. But the bond between the Bride and Leonardo is stronger than anything and the Bride is torn between passion and duty.
That this doesn’t end well is made clear by Paula Ortiz early on in her visually brilliant adaptation of Federico García Lorca’s play Blood Wedding. Even so, the path to the fateful ending remains just as engrossing as the forbidden love between the Bride and Leonardo. Ortiz has incorporated a good deal of García Lorca’s poetic language and songs. The film won no fewer than 12 nominations for the Goyas, the Spanish film awards.

Watch the film online with English subtitling exclusively via Festival Scope.

International title
The Bride
Filmmaker
Paula Ortiz
Country
Spain, Germany
Year
2015
Medium
DCP
Length
95’
Language
Spanish
Producer
Alex LaFuente, Rosana Tomás, Ufuk Genc, Janosch Benz
Production Company
Get In The Picture Productions, Cine Chromatix KG
Sales
Fortissimo Films
Writer
Javier García, Paula Ortiz
Cinematography
Miguel Ángel Amoedo
Editor
Javier García
Production Design
Jesús Bosqued, Pilar Quintana
Music
Shigeru Umebayashi
Cast
Luisa Gavasa, Álex García, Leticia Dolera