Contemporary World Cinema | 2017 | 115 minutes
SIFF Says:Living a bare-bones existence as tenant farmers in the small Basque village of Altzo, Antonio (Ramon Agirre, AMOUR) and his sons Martin (Joseba Usabiaga) and Joaquin (Eneko Sagardoy) live a simple life of modest ambitions and mounting debts. When the hand of fate plucks Martin to fight in the First Carlist War, the elder brother gets a welcome taste of the world outside his impoverished community, though the war’s end sends him back to Altzo and face-to-face with a shocking new reality: afflicted with gigantism, his brother Joaquin has grown into an unnaturally enormous size. Soon local huckster Jose Antonio (Inigo Aranburu) convinces Martin to capitalize on his brother’s condition, craft a mythology and hit the road, where the pair quickly become the toast of Spain and beyond. But while Martin realizes his dream of lifting his family out of poverty—and climbing his country’s social ladder in the process—the once indestructible bond between brothers is tested, forcing Martin to consider the human being inside the body. This stirring, gorgeous film is based on an incredible true story, and is the winner of 10 Goya Awards including Best Cinematography and Best Screenplay.
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