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The Holy Innocents

Sat 14 March 2020

In 1960s Spain, Paco, his wife, Régula and his brother-in-law Azarias work for slave wages on a large plantation. Paco, a brilliant hunter, tries to use his skills to win over his heartless employers, but his talents earn him little respect. Meanwhile, after the ageing Azarias loses his job, he is forced to move in with Paco, Régula and their three kids, which further complicates the lives of this impoverished family.

Directed by Mario Camus • Spain 1984 • 105 min • Digital • Spanish with English subtitles • Drama • Certificate: 12A


This film screening belongs to the IberoDocs strand Diving into the Archives, which includes screenings of archival material, as well as classical films presented with an artistic twist. It looks into re-interpreting history with a new gaze. This year’s strand features the legacy of two of the most famous proponents of Spanish cinema and literature spanning the pre- and post-civil war periods: Luis Buñuel and Miguel Delibes; with 2020 being the centenary of the latter’s birth.