The Den

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The Den (La Guarida)

Directed by Iago De Soto

  • Spain 2018; 15 min
  • Original version: Spanish
  • Genre: Thriller, Drama


Mario is driving under the rain. It's dark on a desert road. Suddenly he has to stop. In the middle of the way there's a woman. She is disorientated and covered in blood. She doesn't remember where she's been or what happened to her. Mario needs to look for assistance. They stop at the first place they can find: A quiet bar called The Den. People in the bar kindly will help them out. Until the truth starts to surface. By then the bar won't look like a safe place anymore.

Director's Statement

THE DEN comes from old and new interests that have been seasoned in my mind in the last few years with subjects such as guilt, punishment and redemption. I’ve been always attracted to push the characters to their boundaries, but now in this short film I’m trying to do it in a humanized way, questioning myself how would I react to the situation that the story raises. Those questions are faced by Mario, the main character, a rational and civilized man in contrast with the visceral people he finds in the village.
THE DEN is about witnessing something that’s unfair and the helpless feeling of not being able to change it. The theme can be described with a single sentence: “Cemeteries are full of brave men.” And this is why Joan Abelló and me were interested in this story: we wanted to show a hero dealing with a conflict in a way we are not used to.
You could say that THE DEN is a story about cowards. Nevertheless, it’s not a story of black and white, good or evil. This is a story interested in the grey areas of a dramatic situation that invites the watchers to wonder what would they do in that position.
Finally, this story can be seen as a study of the atmosphere in Spain as Franco’s dictatorship was arriving to its end. That was a decadent time, extremely dark and sordid, but still the hope of the changes that were to come could be felt. Progress was finally arriving and the old manners and customs were to be analyzed. The bar could be a metaphor of that old Spain.






    Alicia Albares