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    Falling Star

    Stella Cadente

    Directed by



    111 min

    • Spanish
    • Catalan

    Period drama


    The film talks about the difficulty of establishing beauty and about the futility of power.
    November 1870. Spanish Courts elects with 191 votes Amadeo of Savoy, Duke of Aosta, as the King of Spain.
    January 1871. Amadeo of Savoy arrives in Madrid. General Prim his protector is assassinated.
    The reign of Amadeo of Savoy will be short. Barely three years. His walk through History, will be obscure and unknown. The film is set between the end of Romanticism and the beginning of Modernity. A convulsive period in Europe and especially in Spain - and a reflection on the present days.


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    • Best Art Direction, Best Costume Design - Gaudí Awards
    • Best Cinematography, Best Director - Tirana IFF



    Alex Brendemühl
    Barbara Lennie
    Lola Dueñas
    Lorenzo Balducci
    Francesc Garrido
    Luis Miñarro
    Sergi Belbel
    Jimmy Gimferrer
    Nuria Esquerra

    Director's Statement

    A free and delirious film that defends the need of joy in life. A game with the viewer in which nothing is what it seems. An ironic look on the aesthetical values of the 70's, "when we were so happy".



    Resonating particularly in today’s crisis-ridden Spain, FALLING STAR powerfully retraces a misunderstood king who closes in on himself.

    David González, Cineuropa

    Lluís  Miñarro

    Lluís Miñarro


    I definitely see beauty as a vital necessity. At least in my case, any difficulties in life are overcome through art, beauty, and nature.

    Lluís Miñarro (1949, Barcelona, Spain) has worked in the advertising sector in major international agencies such as McCann-Erickson, JWT, Saatchi & Saatchi and founded the Cine Club Arts in Barcelona at the age of 18.He has worked as a presenter, writer and critic for the magazines Destiny and Directed by, but above all is a renowned producer of independent films with his company Eddie Saeta. Some of the films are UNCLE BOONMEE WHO CAN RECALL HIS PAST LIVES (Apichatpong Weerasethakul, 2010), Tiger Award winner FINISTERRAE (Sergio Caballero, 2011) and films by Manoel De Oliveira, Naomi Kawase and Lisandro Alonso among others. He has been honoured with retrospectives in Paris, Cali, Montevideo and Tangier. In 2010 he received the 'Ciutat de Barcelona' distinction for his commitment to the arts. As a filmmaker, he has directed two documentary films FAMILYSTRIP and BLOW HORN (2009), and the shorts 101, A PROPOS OF MANOEL DE OLIVEIRA (2012) and MEAT STEW (2015). His first feature film FALLING STAR (2014), free version of the brief reign of Amadeo of Savoy, participated in over 50 international festivals and was awarded in Tirana, preselected by the EFA and awarded with two Gaudí Awards.

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