As Lucia (Lucia Jimenez) turns up in a small town in 1944 to work at a bar owned by her aunt Teresa (Mercedes Sampietro), the town is split between Republican loyalists and supporters of newly formed fascism under Franco. Lucia befriends Lola (Maria Botto), whose brother Manuel (Juan Diego Botto) is linked to the Maquis. Just as Lucia falls in love with Manuel, the Maquis reemerge and free jailed Republicans, causing unrest among the fascists.
Montxo Armendariz, (born as Juan Ramón Armendariz Barrios; January 27 1949 in Olleta, Navarra, Spain), is an awarded Spanish film director and screenwriter.
His film Las cartas de Alou won at the San Sebastian Film Festival. His next film, Historias del Kronen, was entered into the 1995 Cannes Film Festival. Secretos del corazón won several Goya Award, Berlin Film Festival and received the Academy Award nomination for Best Foreign Film.
Early life and work
Born on January 27 1949 in Olleta, Navarra. He was the last hope for his parents, who had already lost three baby sons. His father was a farmhand and blacksmith and Armendáriz spent his first year in rural Basque Country, a landscape that would reappear repeatedly in his filmography. He was six years old when, in 1955, he moved with his parents to Pamplona in search of a better life. At age eighteen, he discovered existentialism in the works of foreign authors. After completing his mandatory military service… read more