OPENING NIGHT FILM.
JUNE 15, 2023.
Instituto Cervantes New York
211 E 49th St, New York, NY 10017
ORIGINAL TITLE: As Bestas
DIRECTOR: Rodrigo Sorogoyen
DATE COMPLETED: 2022
COUNTRY: Spain, France
FILM CATEGORY: Thriller
LENGTH OF FILM: 137 min
PRODUCERS: Eduardo Villanueva, Ibon Cormenzana, Ignasi Estapé
CAST: Marina Foïs, Denis Menochet, Luis Zahera, Diego Anido, Marie Colomb
Antoine and Olga are a French couple who settled long ago in a village in the interior of Galicia. There they lead a quiet life, growing vegetables and remodeling abandoned houses, although their coexistence with the locals is not as idyllic as they wish. Their refusal to install a wind farm will accentuate the disagreement, especially with siblings Xan and Lorenzo, leading their possibilities of coexistence to a point of no return.
Hailed among the 10 best-rated films by critics at Cannes 2022, THE BEASTS is Oscar-nominated director Rodrigo Sorogoyen's most international work to date. Featuring tour-de-force performances by Denis Ménochet Foïsand and multi-Cesar-Award-nominee Marina, this rural thriller will make you wonder if living in the city might be safer after all.
Rodrigo Sorogoyen (Madrid, 1981) made his feature debut co-directing 8 citas (2008) with Peris Romano. His next film, Stockholm (2013), won three awards at Malaga Festival and the Goya for Best New Actor (Javier Pereira), amongst others. With Que Dios nos perdone (May God Save Us, 2016) he won the Jury Prize for Best Screenplay in San Sebastian and the Goya for Best Actor (Roberto Álamo). He competed once again for the Golden Shell in 2018 with El reino (The Realm), which would go on to win 7 Goyas. Madre (Mother, 2019) premiered in the Orizzonti section of Venice Festival, where Marta Nieto received the Best Actress Award. This year he has directed one of the episodes of the series Apagón (Official Selection out of competition). As Bestas (The Beasts) participated in Cannes Première.