In 1992 – 500 years after the beginning of Spain's global empire with the discovery of America – Spain proudly presented itself to the international community as a modern, developed, dynamic country through the Olympic Games in Barcelona and the Expo in Seville. But for filmmaker Luis López Carrasco (1981, Murcia), 1992 was also the year in which the regional parliament building in Cartagena was razed during furious protests against the threatened closure of various local industries.

El año del descubrimiento revives this almost forgotten history in a typical Spanish bar in Cartagena, where different generations come together to drink, eat, smoke and talk. Stories from witnesses, demonstrators and strikers from back then and discussions among younger café visitors on themes such as class consciousness, the economic crisis and the role of unions percolate to the surface amidst talk of other life issues.

As in his debut El futuro (2013), about a house party on the eve of the parliamentary elections of 1982, in his second feature-length film López Carrasco creates a dialogue between contemporary Spanish reality and a moment from the recent past using the experiences and opinions of ordinary people. The screen, split in two, shows footage of activities and discussions in the local bar, drawing us both into the moment and into the history that has shaped this present. As part of Critics’ Choice, the screening of Sun 26 Jan, 09:45 will be preceded by a video essay from Lucia Salas.

International title
The Year of the Discovery
Filmmaker
Luis López Carrasco
Premiere
World premiere
Country
Spain, Switzerland
Year
2020
Medium
DCP
Length
200’
Language
Spanish
Producer
Luis Ferrón Ferri, David Epiney
Production Company
Lacima Producciones, Alina Film
Sales
Lacima Producciones
Writer
Luis López Carrasco, Raúl Liarte
Cinematography
Sara Gallego
Editor
Sergio Jiménez
Production Design
Víctor Colmenero
Sound Design
Alberto Carlassare