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Eloy Enciso (E 2019)
Eloy Enciso has garnered attention for his previous film ARRAIANOS (2012), an unconventional portrait of a small village trapped out of time, located on the Galician-Portugal border. Now with LONGA NOITE, the Spanish filmmaker sets the story in the past to be able to look back to the present days of his country and to the unfolding of history. The film follows a lonely man named Anxo (Misha Bies Golas) who returns to his home village in the Galician countryside. There, he is greeted with concern by the victorious and the defeated, who see in him the danger of diving back into their silenced memories. Structured in chapters and based on plays, memoirs and letters from the Franco regime (such as, works by Max Aub, Luis Seoane and Ramón de Valenzuela), the film offers a series of encounters with characters that suffer by poverty and political injustice. Performed by non-professional actors, LONGA NOITE quietly opens to a dark metaphysical journey through fascism in which the voice of the resistance stands out against the mysterious landscape of Galicia during the post-Civil War years in Spain. (Gustavo Beck)


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