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La noche de los girasoles (2006)

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


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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25 August 2006 (Spain) See more »

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1.85 : 1
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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 »


References The Searchers (1956) See more »


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Splendid thriller-drama , involving eight characters around a dramatic fact with fateful consequences
30 November 2015 | by ma-cortesSee all my reviews

Intriguing thriller packed with stellar acting , superb cinematography and colorful rural landscapes . Gripping and stirring picture , set in the rural environment of the deep Spain , in which there's a fine line between genre conventions and outright clichés . It happens in the deep Spanish lands , a village in a remote and forgotten location . In the north of Spain , "Esteban" (Carmelo Gomez) and "Pedro" (Mariano Alameda) are two speleologist who come to a mountainous area to study the discovery of a cavern and determine whether it has scientific interest or is useless . They are accompanied by "Gabi" (Judith Diakhate), the sweetheart of Esteban , who awaits them at the foot of the mountain . While the cavers are exploring a cave near from village Gabi is approached by a stranger (Manuel Moron) rooted in a misogynistic past and is attacked in the nearby woods . His reaction leads to a tragic chain of events . The deeds bring together a pair of different Guardias Civiles , First Corporal (Celso Bugallo) and Tomás (Vicente Romero) . As two deputies attempt to track down a criminal who has terrorized an easy community .

Formula thriller filled with gritty intrigue , crisply edition , tension , suspenseful and a little of violence . It is a story of interwoven lives structured into six parts , crossed by a web of suspense that is resolved in the last story in a surprising finale . The flick revolves around a tragic event becomes complex throughout the movie . This serious and truly original film with groundbreaking narrative results to be a fantastically intriguing story of ambition , corruption , deceiving and killing , being very well done , swiftly paced and including a twisted screenplay . Interesting theme about some potholers and authority enforcements , slipping outside the bounds of the law through their use of lies as well as half-truths ; including corrupt deputies who attempt to carry out objectives by whatever means ; however this issue has been previously treated in many other films , especially American ones . It has emotional or aesthetic resonance , even comforting in some ways , and partly because is just more attuned to nuanced variations on what might appear to be mere formula . The plot is twisted but plenty of thrills and surprises . This intelligently made picture relies heavily on a complicated plot , interweaving disparate characters , ordinary people , detectives to investigate a grisly killing and many other things . This moving motion picture contains stylistic boldness and energy . There are six regular characters faced with extreme situations, and perhaps one of the main objectives Jorge Sánchez-Cabezudo got was precisely to show how the ordinary villagers can cause a situation so complicated and dramatic . It's a pretty good film in which the main and support cast give a good work there are great characters , everyone does their job perfectly . Secondary actors are frankly well such as Celso Bugallo , Manuel Morón , Vicente Romero , Cesareo Estebanez , Petra Martinez , and special mention for veteran Walter Vidarte as nutty Amós

Thrilling as well as evocative musical score by Krishna Levy who has composed successful as ¨8 Women ¨, "Ali Zaoua: Prince of the Streets" and ¨The Fall¨ . Colorful as well as dark cinematography by Angel Iguacel . Excellent debut from Jorge Sánchez-Cabezudo (writer and director) with this film "La Noche de Los Girasoles" a great Noir Cinema film set in the rural Spanish location . This is his only picture , "The Night of the Sunflowers" he would go on writing/directing series and TV episodes such as ¨Bajo Sospecha¨, ¨Velvet¨, ¨Gran Hotel¨, ¨Victor Ros¨ , ¨Hispania¨, ¨Guante Blanco¨, ¨Crematorio¨, ¨Hospital Central¨, among others . ¨The night of the sunflowers¨ is an award-winning movie such as Cinema Writers Circle Awards, Won CEC Award Best Actor Carmelo Gómez , Best New Artist : Jorge Sánchez-Cabezudo , Best Supporting Actor : Celso Bugallo ; Miami Film Festival 2007 Won Audience Award Ibero-American Competition Jorge Sánchez-Cabezudo won Special Mention Dramatic Features - Ibero-American Cinema Competition For the musical soundtrack ; Sant Jordi Awards 2007 Won Sant Jordi Best First Work ; Spanish Actors Union 2007 : Won Award of the Spanish Actors Union Film: Performance in a Minor Role, Male Manuel Morón ; Turia Awards 2007 Won Best First Work Best Director : Jorge Sánchez-Cabezudo

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