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European Union Film Festival


La isla mínima

2014, Alberto Rodríguez, Spain, 104 min. With Javier Gutiérrez, Raúl Arévalo.

Show Times

  • Sun, Mar 6th 5:00pm
  • Mon, Mar 7th 7:45pm

"A taut, visually sumptuous and hugely entertaining thriller." — Tom Huddleston, Time Out London

"This is the best noir chiller since the first season of ‘True Detective.’" — Kevin Maher, The Times

Winner of ten Goya awards (including Best Picture, Director, and Actor), MARSHLAND has been compared to "True Detective" and David Fincher’s dark policiers, but its command of context — both geographical and historical — sets this moody thriller apart. The place is the swampy, sultry southern region of Andalusia, and the time is 1980, when Spain is still in slippery transition between the death of Franco and the birth of democracy. That split is reflected in the two Madrid cops — young liberal-leaning Pedro (Arévalo) and former fascist enforcer Juan (Gutiérrez) — who are sent to the hinterlands to investigate the disappearance of two teenage girls. Álex Catalán’s cinematography makes masterful use of high and low, from the stunning aerial shots of the Guadalquivir delta to the ground-level vistas that immerse us in the region’s murky terrain and murkier politics. In Spanish with English subtitles. Courtesy of Pragda and Outsider Pictures. DCP digital widescreen. (MR)

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