Five ex political prisoners (Narciso Julián, 24 years in prison – PSUC; Angel Abad, 7 years in prison – PSUC; Antonio Marín, 8 years in prison – CCOO; Lola Ferreira, 3 years in prison – PCML; Jordi Cunill, 10 years in prison – Juventudes Libertarias de Cataluña) meet secretly in a country house one afternoon in 1974, the same day that Salvador Puig Antich is executed, to talk about their experiences in prison. After discussing hunger strikes, ways of keeping up the fight, loss of touch with reality, etc., an unexpected situation arises when one of the ex prisoners sings the praises of life in prison. The forceful response of one of his colleagues does not do away with the cathartic effect of the confession. —pereportabella.com
Since the 1960s, Portabella always maintained a political commitment with all those movements against the Franco dictatorship that supported individual and collective democratic liberties.
In 1977, he was elected Senator in the first democratic elections and he participated in the writing of the present day Spanish Constitution. In 1999, was honoured with the Creu de Sant Jordi, the highest recognition that a person can receive from the institutions of the Generalitat de Catalunya. He has presided over the Fundación Alternativas since 2001.
As a filmmaker Pere Portabella has been a relevant presence in the Spanish film world for the last fifty years. With Films 59, his production company, he fostered some of the most emblematic films in the history of Spanish cinema. Los Golfos by Carlos Saura (1959), El Cochecito by Marco Ferreri (1960) and Viridiana by Luis Buñuel (1961). He directs his own creations combining a heritage of avant-garde culture with breakaway forms of… read more