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While at War


Sun 26 Jul 2020, 4:00pm–5:45pm

Where: Regent Theatre, 17 The Octagon, Dunedin, Otago

Restrictions: PG

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The acclaimed director of The Sea Inside returns with his most handsomely mounted film yet, an expansive yet deep-focus drama detailing events around the Spanish Civil War and the rise of Franco’s fascist dictatorship.
In Alejandro Amenábar latest film, celebrated Spanish writer Miguel de Unamuno becomes a lens through which a critical moment in the country’s history is refracted back to our unstable political present. Building meticulously to Unamuno’s famous speech of protest, While at War chronicles the consequences of complacency – and how easily tyrants can ascend to power – with chilling majesty.
“It is 1936 and the Spanish Civil War is in its infancy. We quickly learn that Unamuno – the dean of Salamanca University – has vacillated between sides in terms of his writings, although he would say it is other people, rather than his philosophy that has shifted. Now elderly – and played thoughtfully and soulfully by Karra Elejalde – Unamuno enjoys a small intellectual bubble with friends, a priest Atilano (Luis Zahera) and Salvador (Carlos Serrano-Clark), a young and feisty Marxist, but is dismissive of their fears of the rise of fascism. Meanwhile, in Morocco, in scenes threaded through with inky humour that recalls The Death of Stalin, we see Franco [Santi Prego] carefully and almost imperceptibly manoeuvring his way to the top.” — Amber Wilkinson, Eye for Film

Exquisitely-detailed… a complex, steady, deeply intelligent film. — Fionnuala Halligan, Screendaily

Alejandro Amenábar was born in Santiago, Chile and raised in Madrid, where his family emigrated 15 days before the Pinochet dictatorship started. He first came to prominence with the cult thriller Thesis (1996) and is best known for directing the Academy Award-winning The Sea Inside (Best Foreign Language Film, 2004). Selected filmography: Agora (2009), The Others (2001), Open Your Eyes (1997).

While at War
Mientras dure la guerra
Director: Alejandro Amenábar
Producers: Domingo Corral, Hugo Sigman, Alejandro Amenábar
Screenplay: Alejandro Amenábar, Alejandro Hernández
Photography: Alex Catalán
Editor: Carolina Martínez Urbina
Production designer: Juan Pedro De Gaspar
Costume designer: Sonia Grande
Music: Alejandro Amenába
With: Karra Elejalde, Eduard Fernández, Santi Prego, Luis Bermejo, Tito Valverde, Patricia Lopez Arnaiz, Inma Cuevas, Carlos Serrano-Clark, Luis Zahera, Ainhoa Santamaría, Mireia Rey, Luis Callejo, Dafnis Balduz, Jorge Andreu
Festivals: Toronto 2019
In Spanish with English subtitles
107 minutes/CinemaScope
Censors rating PG Violence & coarse language
Presented in association with Embassy of Spain

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