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The Shortest Year

Review of the best Spanish short films presented at international film festivals

Timecode, Juanjo Giménez

Timecode, Juanjo Giménez

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The year is coming to an end so we will review the best Spanish shorts presented in international film festivals. They contain diversity, risk, experimentation, courage, humour and a lot of freedom, everything that the genre allows and we in Tabakalera consider “important”, despite the lack of minutes.

Neither do we separate fiction and documentary in our programme, as we consider that the important thing is always the cinema and its language. The short should have a natural place among our other titles during the year. We try to do this, both through screenings throughout the year and, for example, by paying specific attention to the short format in February each year with the screening of the films from Labo-Clermont Ferrand.

We are now summarising the year and have selected 7 films that show the good health of Spanish short films on the international scene. From the Golden Palm in Cannes for the best documentary short to a small but very prestigious festival such as Vila do Conde. Pure cinema, short films, pure cinema.

Tout le monde aime le bord de la mer

Keina Espiñeira, Spain, , 2016 17', OV with spanish subtitles, DCP

A group of men are waiting on the edge of a coastal forest to travel to Europe. They are in a limbo of time and space. In this film, documentary and fiction intertwine all the time; the landscape changes and the place they find themselves in is no longer their home. The water is not clear and transparent. Myths from the colonial past collide with dreams for the future. International premiere in the Rotterdam Film Festival and selected for the European Film Awards for the best short.

Nuestra amiga la luna

Velasco Broca, Spain, , 2016 15', OV with spanish subtitles, DCP

Hadji is a functional diversity Hindu young man who lives humbly close to the river Ganges. After losing the little he has, he is accepted as a disciple by a strange spiritual leader of Russian origin. This alliance will lead them to some bizarre episodes that will have consequences, through a synchronous principle, in other parts of the West. International premiere in the Locarno Film Festival (Switzerland). 

Notes from Sometime, Later, Maybe

Roger Gomez, Dani Resines, Spain, , 2016 12', OV with spanish subtitles, DCP

1939, the end of the Great Depression. Ivan Besse takes his camera out onto the street to film his countrymen in Britton, South Dakota. Eighty years later, a filmmaker travels to Britton looking for that footage. A tale about memory, absence and love. Documentary 
Gran Prix in the Curtas Festival in Vila de Conde (Portugal). 

Las vísceras

Elena López Riera, Spain, France, , 2016 15', OV with spanish subtitles, DCP

A village in southern Spain. On a hot summer afternoon, a woman grabs a rabbit, strokes it, then kills it with her bare hands before skinning it. Her grandchildren witness this rite of death. International premiere in the Locarno Film Festival (Switzerland). 


Juanjo Giménez, Spain, , 2016 15', OV, DCP

Luna and Diego are the parking lot security guards. Diego does the night shift, and Luna works by day. Golden Palm for the best short film, Cannes 2016. 

Montañas ardientes que vomitan fuego

Samuel M. Delgado, Helena Girón, Spain, , 2016 14', Without words, DCP

The entrails of the Earth become a refuge against the danger that threatens the island. The volcanic tubes act like connecting vessels between spaces and times in which resistance can be experienced. International premiere in the Toronto Film Festival (Canada).


Alberto Vázquez, Spain, France, , 2016 11', OV, DCP

The world is a wonderful stage but it has an appalling cast... Underground animation. International premiere in the Animated Film Festival of Annecy, best animation in Vila do Conde, “Silver Méliès” award to the best European fantastic short film in the San Sebastian Horror and Fantasy Film Festival.