Donkeyote

Chico Pereira

Manolo wants to walk the Trail of Tears, the route used during the forced removal of Cherokee Indians to Oklahoma. But the 73-year-old Andalusian has chronic arthritis, speaks no English and more importantly: how will he get his trusty donkey into the US – and cure its fear of water? An ode to intransigence and friendship. Nominated for the VPRO Big Screen Award.

Manolo (73) is a contemporary Don Quichot: a romantic suffering from megalomania. Accompanied by his 'Sancho Panza', the (taciturn) donkey Gorrion, he treks through the hills of Andalusia. The stubborn beast is presented as a mature character; we usually see the farcical scenes from his point of view. It proves just how inseparable the duo are after having undertaken many travel adventures.
A major trek across America will be the crown on this special friendship. This grand ambition is greeted with sniggers at a travel agency. Nevertheless, Manolo is determined: nothing shall stop him. Confronted by his worried daughter, he plays down his physical ailments. This uncertainty – caused by such naive behaviour – gradually turns to admiration for the relationship between man, animal and nature. The headstrong Manolo and Gorrion lead a classic existence that continually contrasts with the highways and windmills that occasionally (literally) stand in the way of life in the great outdoors.

Screenings

  • Cinerama 3
    English subtitles
    Fri 27 Jan Buy
  • Pathé 7
    English subtitles
    Sat 28 Jan Buy
  • LantarenVenster 3
    English subtitles
    Sun 29 Jan Buy
  • Cinerama 3
    English subtitles
    Mon 30 Jan Buy
  • Pathé 4
    English subtitles
    Thu 2 Feb Buy
  • Cinerama 6
    English subtitles
    Sat 4 Feb Buy

More information

Filmmaker
Chico Pereira
Premiere
World premiere
Country
Spain, Germany, United Kingdom
Year
2017
Medium
DCP
Length
85
Language
Spanish
Producer
Ingmar Trost / Sutor Kolonko Filmproduktion, Sonja Henrici / SDI Productions
Production Company
Sutor Kolonko Filmproduktion, SDI Productions, Opa Films
Sales
SDI Productions
Writer
Chico Pereira
Cinematography
Julian Schwanitz
Editor
Nick Gibbon
Sound Design
René Peltsch
Website
www.donkeyotefilm.com