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The Night of the Sunflowers (2006)

La noche de los girasoles (original title)
The discovery of a young woman's dead body in the middle of a sunflower field near a quiet village will lead to a tragic string of events, and a vicious cycle of violence, deception and greed. Who has the courage to get to the bottom of it?
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Carmelo Gómez ... Esteban
Judith Diakhate ... Gabi
Celso Bugallo ... Amadeo
Manuel Morón ... Vendedor
Mariano Alameda Mariano Alameda ... Pedro
Vicente Romero ... Tomás
Walter Vidarte ... Amós
Cesáreo Estébanez Cesáreo Estébanez ... Cecilio
Fernando Sánchez-Cabezudo Fernando Sánchez-Cabezudo ... Beni
Petra Martínez ... Marta
Nuria Mencía ... Raquel
Enrique Martínez Enrique Martínez ... Julián
Mariano Peña Mariano Peña ... Rovira
Amalia Hornero Amalia Hornero ... Rosa
Luís Mascarenhas Luís Mascarenhas ... Federico
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As the dead body of a sexually assaulted young woman rests hidden in a sunflower field near the small village of Cerredo in Northern Spain, the horrible news will soon spread like wildfire. Up until now, this was a quiet and peaceful place; however, the unexpected discovery of an entrance to an unknown cave will draw the attention of a small crew of geologists eager to investigate the unexplored subterranean system, in the background of an unprecedented act of violence in the community. Inevitably, this unbearable situation shall mark the beginning of a vicious cycle of violence, deception and greed, as both stories are inextricably intertwined with the lives of people beyond suspicion. But, who has the courage to get to the bottom of it? Written by Nick Riganas

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Spanish

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25 August 2006 (Spain) See more »

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Trivia

Due to the success of the film, his director Jorge Sánchez Cabezudo was named by different Spanish newspapers as the "Spanish "Hitchcock"". He is a huge fan of Hitchcock's films. The film also bring strong plot elements from "Revenge" the very first chapter of "Alfred Hitchcock Presents" written by Francis Cockrell from a story by Samuel Bas and directed by Alfred Hitchcock himself. See more »

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Spectacularly good moody Spanish thriller from brilliant new director
10 May 2008 | by robert-temple-1See all my reviews

This is way up there with the best thrillers, like France's recent 'Tell No One'. It has the moody, brooding atmosphere of Jules Dassin's old classic '10:30 PM Summer'. Who is Jorge Sanchez-Cabezudo? Is it true this is his first feature film? How can he be such a master from 'birth'? He wrote it as well. We are onto something here, a major international talent has appeared 'down there', and he is better than Pedro Almodovar in my opinion. When do we get the next one? It's enough to make you want to rush right out and eat some tapas, or something even more drastic than that perhaps. This is a wonderful study also of the clash of peasant and modern cultures. The acting is all flawlessly executed by a team of brilliant actors and actresses, but perhaps the best of all is an actor named Walter Vidarte, whose portrayal of 'Mad Amos' is as good as John Mills as the loonie in 'Ryans Daughter', and don't forget that won an Oscar. But all of these Spanish names are lost on me. I know who Miguel de Unamuno is, but not Carmelo Gomez, so there is not much to say but that they are all so good they must have a secret society in Spain called the Let's Make a Really Good Film and Not Tell Anybody Who We Are Society, whose members cleverly disguise themselves with strange Spanish names. They say Spain is part of mainstream European culture, but I don't believe it. But it is certainly now part of the top European film culture. More please. I might even start to remember some of the names if I could see them more than once.


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