El Año del Descubrimiento
Director: Luis López Carrasco
Duration: 200 min Language: Spanish
Glasgow Film Theatre – SUN 8 AUGUST 14:45 – Tickets Here
In 1992, when the Olympics and the Expo at last presented Spain as an emerging new democracy, Spanish liberal government pushed for an accelerated process of de-industrialisation in the name of a supposed economical progress, leaving the working class in distraught and the trade unions left behind.
A three-hour cinemaattic experience that takes the audience to a typical Spanish bar to rediscover an almost forgotten piece of social history. The Year of The Discovery provocatively blends past and present, portraying Spain after the deindustrialization of the 1980s and after the 2008 global financial crisis through the eyes of working-class people in bars and cafes in the southern city of Cartagena discussing about class consciousness, the economic crisis and the role of unions.
“If you’re interested in Spain or trade unions or our neoliberal moment this film is really not to be missed. Catch one of the highlights of the year” (Matt Hall, Take One Cinema)
“A film that sponge up some of the anxieties of the day – from Brexit to the rise of the alt-right” (Senses of Cinema)
“Carrasco has brought a forgotten moment in Spanish history into the harsh light of modernity, suggesting that in order to change the future, we must first come to terms with our past” (Mubi Notebook)
Named by Sight & Sound as one of the Best Films of 2020, winner of two Goya Awards and praised in top Festivals: Cinéma du Réel Paris – Best Film, Grand Prix Winner, NYFF- New York Film Festival, IFFR – Rotterdam Film Festival, IndieLisboa Independent Film Festival, Thessaloniki Documentary Film, Jeonju Film Festival – Special Jury Prize, Winner