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El Bar

El Bar

Álex de la Iglesia

Spain, 102', vo SPA, sub ENG/FRA, 16 Year

Cast: Mario Casas, Blanca Suárez, Carmen Machi

The film

Madrid, a day like any other. The
patrons of an overcrowded bar are minding their own business when one of them
steps out and is suddenly shot dead by an unseen sniper. Struck with fear, they
soon realise they are stuck in the bar while the outside world seems to go
completely silent. As the hope of seeing a rescue team coming withers, the
patrons individually try to find a solution to a problem that is only getting
worse by the minute.

Propelled by a dynamic direction that
frantically builds on a series of twists and turns, this claustrophobic
thriller turns a B-movie concept into a masterful and breath-taking film, in
which the reasons for events are less important than their consequences. So
before you step in this bar full of strangers, ask yourselves: how far would
you go to save your own skin?

The director

The one-of-a-kind Álex de la Iglesia celebrates
his 15th feature with a recipe which he alone knows how to apply: unique
characters, multiple, unexpected twists, and a direction that continuously
reinvents itself. His signature sharp humour, though present, stays in the
background in favour of an uncompromising study of humanity at the lowest of
the low. Tackling a genre far removed from that of his previously selected
films (Balada Triste de Trompeta, NIFFF
2011; Mi Gran Noche, NIFFF 2015), El Bar is a new triumph in the rich
career of the Spanish director.

Selected filmography

2015 – Mi gran noche

2013 – Las brujas de Zugarramurdi

2010 – Balada triste de trompeta

2008 – The Oxford Murders

2004 – Crimen ferpecto

2002 – 800 balas

1997 – Perdita Durango

1993 – Acción mutante

World sales: Film Factory (ES)