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Cervantes Film Series: Los saldos

May 19, 2023

12:00 pm MST (available for 48 hours)
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Geolocalizaciones y nuevas ruralidades | Geolocations and new ruralities

The transfer of knowledge between parents and their descendants was the only means by which rural families maintained their traditions, until the arrival of new technologies transformed their habits. Migrations also broke with this logic, although they never dispossessed the inhabitants of this ancestral knowledge. In Los saldos, a father and a son will have to face an evidence that work and coexistence are bringing to light: their lives are very different. The director Raúl Capdevila uses his training as a filmmaker to tell us his family story and works the magic of turning his way of life into an artistic reference that reveals how cinema allows us to observe the world with different eyes.

Synopsis: Raúl Capdevila tells us in the form of a western his return home, to a village in Huesca. His father, José Ramón, is the last of three generations of farmers and ranchers. The film director and his father will have to get along working together on the farm, but, in addition to their differences, they will have to face the implications of the construction of a large meat processing plant by a large meat company.

Free community event

Rural life has undergone countless changes in the last two centuries, as has also occurred in the urban sphere. Migratory movements have been depopulating huge agricultural areas, where the youngest inhabitants have moved to cities to forge their future, often outside their own countries. In recent times, however, there has been a new vocation to recover the elements of wellbeing that the rural environment offers to the people and communities that make it up. Existence outside busy urban life has become an alternative model of sustainability and coexistence that proposes another way of repopulating rural spaces, but beyond the idyllic readings of this return, a sector of the population is trying to define and found this new rural life.

In order to illustrate these new movements, the Cervantes Institute presents an online film program with four documentaries that bring us closer to stories of life in the countryside in four very different parts of the Spanish geography. The four stories open a window on the lights and shadows of this way of life and offer a contemporary perspective on traditions, but also on the problems involved in maintaining these new challenges for the future.


  • May 5, 2023: Soñando un lugar (2018), de Alfonso Kint
  • May 12, 2023: Os fillos da vide (2017), de Ana Domínguez
  • May 19, 2023: 150 i una grossa (2020), de Aurora Sulli y Núria Deulofeu
  • May 26, 2023: Los saldos (2022), de Raúl Capdevila


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