The blind sunflowers

The blind sunflowers

Original title: Los girasoles ciegos
Production: Estudios Organizativos y Proyectos Cinematográficos S.L.; Producciones A Modiño; Producciones Labarouta; Sogecine
Country: Spain
Director: José Luis Cuerda
Script: Rafael Azcona; José Luis Cuerda
Photography: Hans Burmann
Music: Lucio Godoy
Cast: Maribel Verdú; Javier Cámara; Raúl Arévalo; Irene Escolar; Martiño Rivas; José Ángel Egido; Roger Princep; Patrick Criado
Year: 2008
Duration: 98
Genre: Drama
Color: Color
Original language: Spanish
Languages available: Spanish
Subtitles: English; Spanish
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 Orense, 1940. Every time Elena closes the front door, she locks her secrets. Her husband, Ricardo, threatened by a ruthless ideological persecution, has been hidden for years in the apartment where they live with their children: Elenita and Lorenzo.

Salvador, a disoriented deacon after fighting at the front, is back to the seminary of Orense. His doubts about the vocation lead the Rector to delay his access to the priesthood for a year. In the meanwhile, Salvador will teach in the school where Lorenzo, Elena's son, studies. The deacon becomes obsessed with Elena, to whom he believes widow, and harasses her. The fragile reality of the family is staggering.

Based on the novel by Alberto Méndez.


Warning: This movie may contain nudity scenes and strong language. Viewer discretion is advised.


Winner of a Goya Award 2009: Best Screenplay - Adapted (Rafael Azcona, José Luis Cuerda) 

Winner of 2 Golden India Catalina, at Cartagena Film Festival 2009: Best Director (José Luis Cuerda) ; and, Best Supporting Actor (Roger Príncep)

Winner of a Fotogramas de Plata 2009: Best Movie Actress (Maribel Verdú)

Winner of a Premio ACE 2009: Cinema - Best Film

Winner of an Award of the Spanish Actors Union 2009: Film: Performance in a Minor Role, Male (José Ángel Egido)

Winner of a Turia Award 2009: Best Spanish Film

Nominated to 14 Goya Awards 2009: Best Actor (Raúl Arévalo) ; Best Actress (Maribel Verdú) ; Best Supporting Actor (José Ángel Egido) ; Best New Actor (Martiño Rivas) ; Best Director ; Best Cinematography ; Best Editing ; Best Production Design ; Best Costume Design ; Best Make-Up and Hairstyles ; Best Original Score ; Best Sound ; Best Production Supervision ; and, Best Film.

Nominated to 3 CEC Awards, of the Cinema Writers Circle Awards, Spain 2009 : Best Actress (Maribel Verdú ) ; Best Screenplay, Adapted ; and, Best Cinematography.

Nominated to a Golden India Catalina, at Cartagena Film Festival 2009: Best Film

Nominated to a Fotogramas de Plata 2009: Best Movie Actor (Raúl Arévalo)

Nominated to 2 Awards of the Spanish Actors Union 2009: Film: Lead Performance, Male (Raúl Arévalo) ; and, Film: Lead Performance, Female (Maribel Verdú)

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