Paper Birds (Pájaros de Papel)
Emilio Aragón Spain / 2010 / 117 minutes
Spanish with subtitles
Times and Venues:
Upstate Films WOODSTOCK
Upstate Films I RHINEBECK
Spanish filmmaker Emilio Aragón makes his directorial debut with “Paper Birds” a film he also co-wrote. Lush cinematography, stunning set design and a brilliant symphonic score (composed by Aragón) anchor this epic work that asks, “Who can be trusted when the enemy can be anyone?” When entertainer Jorge del Pino loses his wife and son in the dying days of the Spanish Civil War, there’s not much left to fear. At war’s end, jobs are scarce and hunger plentiful. The outspoken Jorge, his vaudeville partner Enrique and their band of traveling artists oppose the brutal repression of the Franco regime. Miguel, a precocious child, joins the troupe, challenging the embittered Jorge to once again embrace life. The story meanders from its dreamy opening through the darkest post war days, ultimately spanning the centuries. “Show Me Your Babaloo” (sung by opportunistic diva Rocina) is but one of many elaborate performances integrated into this tale of high intrigue, betrayal and redemption. Watch for a few familiar faces slyly inserted in the final theater scene. (Barbara Pokras, A.C.E.)
BIO: Emilio Aragón comes from one of the most cherished artistic families in Spain, who, for generations, travelled the world with their art. Music, comedy, stages and studios were Aragón's companions from an early age.
Aragón seems to interpret life on a musical scale. Among his many projects, he was commissioned by Plácido Domingo to orchestrate songs from his work "Pasión EspaÑola" (Spanish Passion), winner of a Grammy Award. His Cantata for Baritone, Choir and Orchestra "Largo Suspiro de Vida" (Long Sigh of Life), with text from Nobel Prize winner José Saramago, premiered in 2011.
In 2007, Aragón produced his first film, "Carlitos y el campo de los sueÑos" (Carlitos in the Field of Dreams), which received numerous international awards. His opera prima "Pájaros de Papel" ("Paper Birds") is the realization of a lifelong dream. Aragón was nominated for Best First Director Award at the 2011 GOYAS (Spanish Oscars).
MAIN CREDITS: Cast/Featuring: Imanol Arias, Lluis Homar, Roger Princep, Carmen Machi
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