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#171

Wednesday, May 23, 2018 - 7:00 PM

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THE DEVIL'S BACKBONE

by Guillermo del Toro
 

kanalPresented by Becky and Marty Norman who will show pictures they took of del Toro's notebook sketches at the Telluride Film Festival premier of the film.

(2001) Guillermo del Toro (Pan's Labyrinth, The Shape of Water)'s second film, it was independently produced by Pedro Almodóvar as an international co-production between Spain and Mexico, and was filmed in Madrid and set in 1939, during the final year of the Spanish Civil War.

Casares (Federico Luppi) and Carmen (Marisa Paredes) operate a small home for orphans in a remote part of Spain during the Spanish Civil War. Helping the couple mind the orphanage are Jacinto (Eduardo Noriega), the groundskeeper, and Conchita (Irene Visedo), a teacher who is also involved with Jacinto. Casares and Carmen are aligned with the Republican loyalists, and are hiding a large cache of gold that is used to back the Republican treasury; perhaps not coincidentally, the orphanage has also been subject to attacks from Francisco Franco's troops, and a defused bomb sits in the home's courtyard.

One day, a boy named Carlos (Fernando Tielve) arrives at the home, because his father died fighting the fascists. The boy soon strikes up an unlikely friendship with Jaime (Íñigo Garcés), a boy with a reputation for tormenting other kids. But Carlos soon begins having visions of a mysterious apparition he can't identify, and hears strange stories about a child named Santi who went missing the day the bomb appeared near the orphanage.

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