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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

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Spain | USA


English | German | Basque

Release Date:

9 September 2016 (Spain) See more »

Also Known As:

Guernica See more »


Box Office


€5,800,000 (estimated)
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Did You Know?


When Teresa was in the jail during the bombing, she was naked. When Henry saves her she is already dressed. See more »


Henry: So, what's your life's story?
Teresa: I wanted to be a writer. But when the war happened, the loyalists needed people who spoke languages, and knew how to deal with journalists.
Henry: So you're dealing with me?
Teresa: Well, in my way.
Henry: And because you didn't become a writer, you deal in editing what other people write.
Teresa: Well, circumstances delimit one's choices, don't they? To be honest, I'm like you. I don't fit in many places.
Henry: You're a Communist?
Teresa: Loyalist. I wish to see a democracy for Spain.
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References El último magnate (2011) See more »


Gernika Raj for Txaplin
Written by Fernando Velázquez
Performed by Fernando Velázquez
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Blame the Victims! History Rewritten by the Nazis!
6 October 2017 | by jessicacoco2005See all my reviews

The film is a love story set amidst the Spanish Civil War just before the bombing of the Spanish city of Guernica. In 1937 German airplanes bombed the city; killings over 1,600 and reducing the city to ashes. The bombing was immortalizing that same year in Picasso's famous painting.

The film suffers from poor direction, wooden performances, and a script which is both confusing and unfocused; featuring an implausible love story that's tacked on to make the "historical" part of the film more personal.

The film is pure fascist propaganda; produced to vilify the democratically-elected Republican government. The film attempts to blame the causalities of the bombing on the Republic's news censorship; Shifting the blame away from the Germans. In essence blaming the victims. However, the Spanish government had no prior knowledge that the Germans planned to raze the city of Guernica to the ground. The Nazis didn't advertise their war plans. German Nazi soldiers are depicted as ordinary men just carrying out orders; while the democratically-elected Republican government officials are shown as evil, devious men beholden to the Soviet Union setting up innocent people for incarceration and torture.

The Republic needed every man and woman it could use to fight the Fascists. The barbarians were literally at the gates. It had no time or interest incarcerating innocent people when real enemies of the state existed; paid mercenaries known as 5th columnists trying to take down the country from the inside. Many young men throughout the world volunteered to serve in Spain; fighting to save the world from Fascism, such as the Abraham Lincoln brigades from the US. This film is an affront, not only to the democratically-elected government of the Republic in Spain, but to the thousands who fought and the thousands who died fighting against Fascism. Long live the memory of the Spanish Republic!

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