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While at War (2019)

Mientras dure la guerra (original title)
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Writer Miguel de Unamuno faces himself and his ideals after the 1936's military coup d'etat.
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Karra Elejalde ... Miguel de Unamuno
Eduard Fernández ... José Millán-Astray
Santi Prego Santi Prego ... Francisco Franco
Nathalie Poza ... Ana Carrasco
Luis Bermejo ... Nicolás Franco
Tito Valverde ... Miguel Cabanellas
Patricia López Arnaiz ... María de Unamuno
Inma Cuevas ... Felisa de Unamuno
Carlos Serrano-Clark Carlos Serrano-Clark ... Salvador Vila
Luis Zahera ... Atilano Coco
Ainhoa Santamaría ... Enriqueta
Mireia Rey ... Carmen Polo
Luis Callejo ... Emilio Mola
Dafnis Balduz Dafnis Balduz ... Ramos
Jorge Andreu ... Miguelín
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July 18, 1936. Salamanca, Castilla and León (center to Spain). The Spanish army declares in the city the state of war, hoping to extend it to the rest of Spain and improve the unstable situation in the country after the proclamation of the Second Republic five years ago. An aging Miguel de Unamuno, not only writer and academic teacher but one of the most recognized intellectuals in Spain, disappointed with the Republic that publicly he helped to create, supports the new revolt in the hope to clean the country of the undesirable elements for desperation of his close friends teacher Salvador and priest Atilano, creating too problems in his house where Miguel lives with his daughters María and Felisa, his housemaid Aurelia and his grandson Miguelín. At the same time that Salamanca's mayor Casto Prieto is arrested without cause apparent and his wife Ana Carrasco asks help Miguel de Unamuno, the Joint Chiefs of Staff meet to decide the strategy to take the power, where the merciless ... Written by Chockys

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Sometimes silence is the worst lie.

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Drama | History | War

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An important part of the movie is set in the town of Salamanca, being the Main or Major Square (Plaza Mayor) widely relevant. It was actually shot in that very square, although the vegetation shown had to be added as in the moment of shooting the square had none. See more »

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Despite the high precision with which some key moments in this film are traced, such as the fact that Unamuno used the letter from the widow of the Protestant pastor Atilano Coco to write the draft of his speech, it is not true that Millán Astray bellowed "España Una, Grande, Libre" (Spain One, Great and Free) after the writer's harangue, since this nationalist phrase was not yet pronounced at state events, only at those held by the Falange. He did shout instead patriotic proclamations. See more »

Soundtracks

Ave Maria
Composed by Charles Gounod, adapted from [Johann Sebastian Bach's "Prelude N°1 in C major
Sung by Renata Tebaldi
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A needed review of the beginning of the Spanish Civil War
10 November 2019 | by felixtarridaSee all my reviews

We have watched dozens of films about Spanish Civil War, mostly trying to depict a complete portrait of this three-yers-old, a million people dead, bloody war. Unamuno is just an excuse to narrate the birth of fascism as full scale freedom-killer. No explicit violence makes even more hurting what happens behind the scenes. I watched it yesterday Nov 9th and while I'm writing there is one hour left to find out if today's polls will confirm that the heritors of these fascists ultra-catholics are back.


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Release Date:

27 September 2019 (Spain) See more »

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Budget:

EUR4,300,000 (estimated)

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$13,144,370
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