Fiction

Stella cadente

Falling Star
Luis Miñarro
ESP 2014
105min
V'14

At first sight, STELLA CADENTE presents itself as a historic film about the brief rule of Amadeo of Savoy, a prince from Turin who was king of Spain for two years. His mainstay, the powerful General Prim, was murdered before Amadeo was properly installed and then he had no one to fall back on; Spain in 1871 was already plagued by administrative and financial crises.
In this film by Luis Miñarro, we can feel the (contemporary) crisis as a source of inspiration and resistance, albeit in an unusual way. The king withdraws into himself in order to escape from his loneliness and frustrations. Things aren’t safe outside the palace, and within its walls Amadeo and his servants succumb to playful adventures which focus on love and pleasure, food and drink, beauty and melancholy. And in that labyrinthine story it is soon no longer strange that the historic film adopts the form of a musical, with French chansons or dreamy homoerotic melodrama. (Rotterdam Film Festival)

In the presence of Luis Miñarro.

Credits
  • Àlex Brendemühl - Amadeo van Savoy
  • Lola Dueñas - cook
  • Bárbara Lennie - Queen Maria Victoria
  • Lorenzo Balducci - Alfredo
  • Francesc Garrido - Minister Serrano
  • Àlex Batllori - Joven Criado
  • Gonzalo Cunill - Minister Zorrilla
  • Francesc Orella - Obispo
  • Lluís Miñarro
  • Sergi Belbel
  • Daniel Fontrodona
  • Jimmy Gimferrer
  • Núria Esquerra
  • Sebastián Vogler
  • Mercè Paloma
Eddie Saeta

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