16.04. ‐ 21.04.2024
The Beasts

The Beasts (As Bestas)

Rodrigo Sorogoyen

The title already gives it away: the Galician village Olga and her husband Antoine have moved to is not as idyllic as one might assume. The couple has made their dream of owning a small, exo-friendly farm reality; a passion which is more and more being threatened. The local farmers, who are already sceptical or even openly hostile towards the whimsical neighbours anyways, vehemently demand their support for a local investment project. Two ways of life clash, and we are forced to suffer with them. Never has a simple tomato harvest been this thrilling or buying sheep been this nerve-wracking. Nothing but love for this thriller!

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Direction Rodrigo Sorogoyen
Country Spain, France
Year 2022
Duration 137 min
Language Spanish, French with English Subtitles
Production Thomas Pibarot, Anne-Laure Labadie, Jean Labadie, Rodrigo Sorogoyen, Nacho Lavilla, Eduardo Villanueva, Sandra Tapia Diaz, Ignasi Estapé, Ibon Cormenzana
Cast Luis Zahera, Marina Fois, Diego Anido, Denis Menochet
Camera Alex de Pablo
Script Rodrigo Sorgoyen, Isabel Pena
Editing Alberto del Campo
Sound Aitor Berenguer

Goya Award 2023: 9 awards, including best film and best director, César Award 2023: best foreign film

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About the Director

Rodrigo Sorogoyen was born on the 16th of September 1981 in Spain. He is a director, writer and producer, known for Antidisturbios (2020), The Realm (2018) and Stockholm (2013). He won both the Goya and César Award for his film The Realm (2018) as well as for The Beasts. (imdb)

Press Reviews

„Divided into two time frames, The Beasts is not only disturbing but also deeply moving. Beneath its violent film texture (it is impossible not to recall films like Backwoods [+], Straw Dogs and Deliverance, to name a few of the “you are not welcome here” subgenre) pulsates a thrilling love story: a shared idealism capable of overcoming any fear, tragedy and threat.“ (Alfonso Rivera, Cineuropa)

„In The Beasts Sorogoyen, known for gritty kinetic camerawork that evokes high and scenic tension, keeps a keen internal eye on the male psyche and the traumatic and tense underpinnings of powerful societal structures that coddle its inherent violence.“ (Holly Jones, Variety)

The Director About the Film

“The aesthetics in the first part of the film were those of a classic Western. In the second part, I get rid of the tripods. Everything’s shot with a SteadyCam, which brings the modulating lightness of touch and liberty of a feminine point of view as we follow Olga, compared to the solidity, roughness and bestiality of a male viewpoint. But I don’t think that many people will note the use of SteadyCam, which is what I wanted. The setting’s the same, the characters. But they’ll sense that something is strange, different, however, in the film language, even if they don’t know exactly what it is….That’s at least what I was aiming for.” Rodrigo Sorogoyen in an interview with Variety

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