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Stories from the Kronen (1995)

Historias del Kronen (original title)
Carlos is a young student, just 21. Nice or annoying as he likes, enjoys provoking and transgreding. In the night he goes out to meet his friends in the Kronen, a bar. Every situation can ... See full summary »


Montxo Armendáriz
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Juan Diego Botto ... Carlos
Jordi Mollà ... Roberto
Núria Prims ... Amalia
Aitor Merino ... Pedro
Armando del Río ... Manolo
Diana Gálvez Diana Gálvez ... Silvia
Iñaki Méndez Iñaki Méndez ... Miguel
Mercedes Sampietro ... Madre de Carlos
André Falcon André Falcon ... Abuelo de Carlos
Josep Maria Pou ... Padre de Carlos (as José María Pou)
Cayetana Guillén Cuervo ... Hermana de Carlos
Mary González Mary González ... Tía de Carlos
Pilar Castro ... Nuria
Carmen Segarra Carmen Segarra ... Asistenta
Eduardo Noriega ... Joven pelea 1.


Carlos is a young student, just 21. Nice or annoying as he likes, enjoys provoking and transgreding. In the night he goes out to meet his friends in the Kronen, a bar. Every situation can be taken a little farther. There are no limits, no accepted barriers. And more each time, each adventure is chained to the next, as if it were a continuous night. A long description of people: grandfather, parents, sister, girlfriend, friends. And, among that, the obscure will of living every minute as if it were the last one. But something which happens puts Carlos and his friend against a reality they have been trying to ignore. Written by <oscar.esteban@p4.virtual.encomix.com>

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29 April 1995 (Spain) See more »

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Madrid, Spain

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1.66 : 1
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A strong portrait of Spaniard young people , compellingly directed by Montxo Armendariz , a very good Spanish filmmaker
9 November 2017 | by ma-cortesSee all my reviews

Known film that had big success at Spanish box office with interesting and hard screenplay by director himself and based on a novel by José Ángel Mañas . This film concerns about a riveting journey through the lives of youth , including dramatic deeds , emotions , romances and strong sex scenes , both marked by crude sexuality and eroticism . Good-looking Carlos (Juan Diego Botto) is a troubled young student , a bad guy at just 21 , who lives with a wealthy family (parents : Josep Maria Pou , Mercedes San Pietro) . Nice or annoying as he likes , he is a rebel with no cause who always lives on the edge . By night he goes out to meet his friends (Jordi Mollá , Aitor Merino , Armando del Río) in the Kronen , a bar , they get together and find a common ground . And to enjoy Discoteques and Rock concerts . His reckless life is reduced to sex , drugs and rock an roll . Enjoying on the verge and every situation can be taken a little farther . And more each time , each risked activity is chained to the next, as if it were a continuous night . And , among that , the obscure will of living every minute as if it were the last one . As all the leads met with a tragic ending .

This is an intense as well as dramatic story dealing with youngsters , being well directed by Montxo Armendariz , including his own script , who tries to create an engaging flick plenty of movement and metaphor by tackling a description about a particular and dysfunctional group led by Carlos/Juan Diego Botto and formed by Madrid youthful of the nineties . But especially focusing the relationship between Carlos/Juan Diego Botto and Roberto/Jordi Mollà who is really infatuated for him . They live without scruples and without sentimentality , but something which happens puts Carlos and his friends against a reality they have been attempting to ignore . This is a thought-provoking and deep portrayal starred by the newcomer Juan Diego Botto who gives an acceptable acting as the rebel young who enjoys provoking and transgreding , in which his existence has not limits , no accepted barriers . Botto is a young but veteran actor who has got a lot of hits such as "Martin Hache" , "Roma", ¨The dancer upstairs¨ , ¨Fiesta Del Chivo¨ , ¨Silencio En La Nieve¨ and many others . There are also a long description of varied people : grandfather : André Falcon , parents : José Maria Pou , Mercedes Sampietro , sister : Cayetana Guillén Cuervo , girlfriends : Nuria Prims , Pilar Castro , and friends . This "Stories from the Kronen" delivers a large homage to the famous film ¨Henry , portrait of a killer¨ by John McNaughton , a notorious thriller to whom Director pays a real tribute . The motion picture was well directed Montxo Armendáriz who wrote the screenplay along with José Ángel Mañas (novel's author) . It won several prizes and nominations . As Cannes Film Festival 1995 Nominated Palme d'Or Montxo Armendáriz ; Cinema Writers Circle Awards, Spain 1996 Won CEC Award Best Screenplay Adapted to Montxo Armendáriz , José Ángel Mañas ; Goya Awards 1996 Won Goya Best Adapted Screenplay and Nominated Goya Best New Actor Juan Diego Botto ; Spanish Actors Union 1996 Nominated Newcomer Award Juan Diego Botto .

Splendid , luxurious photography with juicy atmosphere by Alfredo Mayo who subsequently would make a prestigious career as cameraman . The picture perfectly produced by the magnificent producer Elias Querejeta was professionally made by Montxo who is a well recognized filmmaker both nationally and internationally , and in proof of it he won many prizes in several Festivals . Montxo Armendáriz was born in Navarra, and his films are mostly set in this Spanish region . He is a smart writer and director , expert on dramas , being especially known for Tasio (1984) one of Armendariz's undisputed masterpieces and fundamental in his filmography where shows efficiently an attractive story and shot at the height of his creativity , 27 hours (1986) , Cartas a Alou (1990) , Silencio Roto or Broken silence (2001) Obaba (2005), and No Tengas Miedo (2011) . And especially Secretos del Corazón (1997), a sensational film that dispenses a brooding plot and considered to be one of the best Spanish films of the 90s , in fact was voted one of the best pictures by professionals and critics .

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