Thursday 14 November 2013 at 20:00
CERN Council Chamber

The Holy Innocents

Directed by Mario Camus (Spain, 1984) 105 minutes

The Holy Innocents addresses many of the problems that made Spain fall behind the rest of Western Europe in terms of economic and social development during the last century: poverty and low or non-existent education among peasants. This led to an unbalanced social canvas, where the rich landowners get richer and workers are treated as animals, with no chance to stand up for their rights and freedom. Through the dramatic story of a poor family, Mario Camus conveys a picture of misery still not forgotten. The film won awards for the Best Main Character and special mentions in the Cannes Film Festival in 1984.

Thursday 21 November 2013 at 20:00
CERN Council Chamber

Death of a Cyclist

Directed by Juan Antonio Bardem (Spain, 1955) 88 minutes

Regarded as “extremely dangerous” by Spanish censors and forbidden for display for some time, Death of a Cyclist is a superb film that helped its director, Juan Antonio Bardem, make a name in international cinema spheres. It portraits the story of a housewife and a professor, that accidentally run over a cyclist while driving back to Madrid after their illicit tryst. In order for their affaire not to be revealed, they drive away, leaving the victim to die. The Hitchcock-like plot is built around the tension of the crime being unveiled. The film won the FIPRESCI Award at the 1955 Cannes Film Festival.

Original version Spanish; English subtitles

by Cine-Club