Fri 24 Sept

The Island of Lies

Cert. 15

Festivals & Series

London Spanish Film Festival

La isla de las mentiras

93 mins

in Galician and Spanish with English subtitles

ESP/ARG/POR | 2020 | dir. Paula Cons, with Nerea Barros, Ana Oca, Sergio Quintana, Celso Bugallo, Darío Grandinetti | UK premiere

On a winter morning in 1921, amid the thick Galician fog, the steam Santa Isabel carrying 260 emigrants to Buenos Aires sinks off the coast of the small island of Sálvora. Due to that night’s Christmas celebrations, which had drawn the island’s men to the mainland 3km away, three courageous young women are left to risk their lives with only a rowboat to rescue any survivors. An interested Argentine journalist covering the case arrives on the island, his investigation slowly unveiling the numerous peculiarities surrounding the night of the shipwreck. Producer, writer, and director Paula Cons superbly portrays the cold tragedy of the picturesque Atlantic coastline, and the islander’s isolation from mainland progress and modernisation.

Fri 24 Sep 6.30pm

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