The Sad Smell of Flesh

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The Sad Smell of Flesh (El triste olor de la carne)

Directed by Cristóbal Arteaga Rozas

  • Spain 2013; 87 min
  • Original version: Spanish
  • Genre: Drama
    • FIPRESCI Award - Seville EFF

  • Karlovy Vary IFF


Alfredo Barrera seems like a normal guy. He seems to have a job. He seems to have a home. He seems to have a happy life. But things are usually not what they seem. He lost his job months ago and in 90 minutes, he will lose his house. But Alfredo has a plan. And he will execute it, no matter what.

Director's Statement

THE SAD SMELL OF FLESH is my instinctive reaction to a capitalized system that threads in destroying every aspect of humanity and social dialogue. A system that has being separating and confusing us. This movie is about the shame that makes us think about a society able to put ahead the profitability of a company instead of the value of humans. It’s about the false shame that is taken control over our lives. It’s about the thousands of people that have given up hope in Spain since the crisis began. Many have been hiding their condition up to the eviction date, hiding it to their own families. Human beings are terrified of losing their private property, because they are afraid of what people may say. It seems that society has been teaching us that our value depends in what we have. And not only that: it has also been teaching us that losing something is failure, and of course failure is not allowad. We live in an era where successes and failures are related to money. THE SAD SMELL OF FLESH is the story of one of its victims. His story could be your story.



    Cristóbal Arteaga Rozas