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by José Luis Cuerda


Each time Elena closes the door to her house, she locks away her secrets. At the same time as overcoming the post-war hardships, Elena puts on an outward show, along with her son Lorenzo, in order to hide the truth about her family: Elenita, her pregnant teenage daughter, has run away with her boyfriend Lalo, a youngster who has been on police lists for weeks. And her husband, Ricardo, lives hidden away in a hole drilled in the couple’s bedroom. Believing her to be a widow, Salvador, a young deacon who is considering leaving the priesthood after seeing the face of chaos and death, becomes obsessed with her, and goes as far as turning up at her house and harassing her. This prompts Ricardo to show himself in order to help his wife.

international title: The Blind Sunflowers
original title: Los girasoles ciegos
country: Spain
year: 2008
genre: fiction
directed by: José Luis Cuerda
screenplay: Rafael Azcona, José Luis Cuerda
cast: Maribel Verdú, Javier Cámara, Raúl Arévalo, Roger Príncep, Irene Escolar, Martín Rivas
cinematography by: Hans Burmann
film editing: Nacho Ruiz Capillas
art director: Balter Gallart
costumes designer: Sonia Grande
producer: Fernando Bovaira, José Luis Cuerda, Emiliano Otegui
production: Sogecine & Sogepaq (ifta), Produccions A Modiño, E.O.P.C., La Barouta
distributor: Alta Films

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