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Guernica (2016)

Gernika (original title)
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The fates of Henry - a cynical American correspondent who has lost his soul - and Teresa, one of the Republic's censors and in charge of overseeing the news that journalists can send abroad, cross in Gernika.


Koldo Serra
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Cast overview, first billed only:
James D'Arcy ... Henry
María Valverde ... Teresa
Jack Davenport ... Vasyl
Ingrid García Jonsson ... Márta (as Ingrid García-Jonsson)
Álex García ... Marco
Bárbara Goenaga ... Carmen
Burn Gorman ... Consul
Joachim Paul Assböck ... W. von Richthofen (as Joachim Assboeck)
Markus Oberhauser Markus Oberhauser ... Captain
Víctor Clavijo ... Spanish Journalist
Julián Villagrán ... Pierre
Irene Escolar ... Cousin Isabel
Jon Ariño Jon Ariño ... Uncle Jorge
Elena Irureta Elena Irureta ... Aunt Begoña
Hugo Silva ... Cartoon Movie Narrator (voice)


The fates of Henry - a cynical American correspondent who has lost his soul - and Teresa, one of the Republic's censors and in charge of overseeing the news that journalists can send abroad, cross in Gernika.

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In love and war the first casualty is truth


Drama | History | Romance | War

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Rated R for war violence, brief nudity and language | See all certifications »

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Henry: Why don't you become a fashion photographer? Or sports?
Marta: I want my Capa.
Henry: Robert Capa is overrated.
Marta: Hemingway, too, isn't he? Everybody is overrated, but not you.
Henry: I didn't say that.
Marta: You've had your glory moments. Now leave room for us.
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References El último magnate (2011) See more »


Gernika (Lekeitio 4, 1972) Gernika
Written by J. Artze & Mikel Laboa
Performed by Mikel Laboa
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Spanish/US co-production dealing with a romantic and sensitive love story set during the Gernika bombings
21 June 2017 | by ma-cortesSee all my reviews

This interesting film results to be a romance story along with an exciting dramatization of the bombing of Guernica (26 April 1937) , it was an aerial bombing of the Basque town of Guernica during the Spanish Civil War . It was carried out at the behest of Francisco Franco's nationalist government by its allies, the Nazi German Luftwaffe's Condor Legion and the Fascist Italian Aviazione Legionaria, under the code name Operation Rügen . The town was being used as a communications center behind the Frontline . Advances by Nationalist troops led by Generalísimo Francisco Franco had eaten into the territory controlled by the Republican Government . The Basque Government , an autonomous regional administrative body formed by Basque nationalists , sought to defend Biscay and parts of Guipuzcoa with its own light Basque Army. Meanwhile , a journalist Henry (James D'Arcy) writes news that are strongly censored by rigid censors as Teresa (María Valverde) in charge of overseeing the news that reporters can send abroad and Vasyl (Jack Davenport) . Then , their fates are tragically crossed during the Gernika massacre . There are also Stalinist advisers (Burn Gorman) who following Joseph Stalin's orders pull off bloody purges . As in love and war the first casualty is truth .

The plot is plain and simple , an enjoyable as well as intimate love story in war times . This dramatic film about an unresolved romance , is well narrated and reminisce about a triangular love story , including an intense dramatization of the Gernika bombings . Breathtaking final scenes when there takes place the bombing , being confined to the film's last fifteen minutes and the ending images will determine the surprising denouement . The movie utilizes an often-used plot of the war movie genre which has two young people , here the cynical American correspondent James D'Arcy and the jealous Jack Davenport in love with the same woman , Maria Valverde , one of the Republic's censors from leftist wing government . It contains an atmospheric and thrilling musical score by Fernando Velázquez . Colorful and evocative cinematography by the splendid director of photography Unax Mendia . The movie was professionally directed by Koldo Serra (The backwoods , Distopia). The film had several nominations ASECAN 2017 as Nominated Best Editing , Best Sound ; Gaudí Awards 2017 Nominated Gaudí Award Best Costume Design : Millor Vestuari and Goya Awards 2017 Nominated Goya Best Special Effects : David Heras .

The picture is based on real events , these are the followings : At the time of the raid, Guernica represented a focal strategic point for the Republican forces. It stood between the Nationalists and capture of Bilbao. Bilbao was seen as key to bringing the war to a conclusion in the north of Spain. Guernica also was the path of retreat for the Republicans from the northeast of Biscay. Prior to the Condor Legion raid, the town had not been directly involved in the fighting, although Republican forces were in the area; 23 battalions of Basque army troops were at the front east of Guernica. The town also housed two Basque army battalions, although it had no static air defenses, and it was thought that no air cover could be expected due to recent losses of the Republican Air Force. It happened on Monday 26 April , there was a noisy market day ; there were more than 10,000 people in the former Basque capital . The attack gained infamy because it involved the bombing of civilians by a military air forcé . The number of victims is still disputed; the Basque government reported 1,654 people killed at the time, while local historians identified 126 victims . An English source used by the Air War College claims 400 civilians died. Russian archives claim 800 deaths on 1 May 1937, but this number may not include victims who later died of their injuries in hospitals or whose bodies were discovered buried in the rubble. The bombing is the subject of a famous anti-war painting by Pablo Picasso, commissioned by the Spanish Republic. It was also depicted in a woodcut by the German artist Heinz Kiwitz, who was later killed fighting in the International Brigades. The bombing shocked and inspired many other artists, including a sculpture by René Iché, one of the first electro-acoustic music pieces by Patrick Ascione, a musical composition by René-Louis Baron and poems by Paul Eluard : Victory of Guernica , and Uys Krige : Night of the Fascist Bombers . There is also a short film from 1950 by Alain Resnais entitled Guernica.

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9 September 2016 (Spain) See more »

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