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In early-20th-century Barcelona, journalist Sebastià Comas (Roger Casamajor, EVERYBODY KNOWS, PAN'S LABYRINTH) immerses himself in the labyrinthine streets and brothels of the city's Raval district as he tries to unravel the truth behind the disappearance of several children. When Teresa Guitart, the young daughter of a rich family, goes missing, the news sends shockwaves through the entire country and the hunt for the kidnapper kicks into overdrive. The police soon have a suspect: Enriqueta Martí (Nora Navas, THE DISTINGUISHED CITIZEN, PAIN AND GLORY), the infamous "Barcelona Vampiress." But as Comas digs deeper into the case, he discovers a shadowy network embedded within high society and determined to hide their vices — and find a scapegoat — at any cost. Based on both actual and mythical events, this gothic horror story — with its subject matter and creative mise-en-scène recalling everything from Tod Browning's FREAKS, David Lynch's THE ELEPHANT MAN and Louis Malle's PRETTY BABY to Baz Luhrmann's MOULIN ROUGE and Albert and Allen Hughes' FROM HELL — cleverly slams both media sensationalism and the glorification of morbid curiosity as a means to distract the general public from the abuses being committed by those in power. Winner, Audience Award, 2020 Sitges International Fantastic Film Festival; Winner, Best Film, Best Production Design, Best Costume Design, Best Makeup and Hairstyles and Best Visual Effects, 2021 Gaudí Awards. Official Selection, 2020 Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival and 2021 Golden Horse Fantastic Film Festival.

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Spanish Cinema Now

June 4–20


AFI Silver Theatre and SPAIN arts & culture are proud to co-present an all-virtual edition of Spanish Cinema Now, an annual festival of outstanding new films that reflect the breadth of styles and talents at work in Spain today.

Explore this year's Spanish Cinema Now lineup with a series pass for just $70 – valued at more than $100! With the pass, you will have access to all nine films in the lineup.

  • Year
  • Runtime
    103 minutes
  • Language
  • Country
  • Rating
  • Note
    With English subtitles.
  • Director
    Lluís Danés
  • Screenwriter
    Lluís Arcarazo, María Jaén
  • Producer
    Raimon Masllorens