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¡Ay, Carmela! (1990)

¡Ay, Carmela!
Running time: 102 min. | Genre: Drama, Comedy, Dramatic comedy, Theater, Spanish Civil War
¡Ay, Carmela!

Synopsis

Paulino and Carmela are husband and wife, troubadours touring the countryside during the Spanish Civil War (1936-1939). They are Republicans, and with their mute assistant, Gustavete, they journey into rebel territory by mistake. They are arrested, fear a firing squad, and receive a reprieve from an Italian Fascist commander who loves the theatre. He arranges a performance for his troops, bargaining with Paulino to stage a burlesque of the republic in exchange for the actors' freedom. Will the fiery and patriotic Carmela consent?

Nominations & Awards

Goya

Best Film Editing
WINNER
Best Leading Actor (Andrés Pajares)
WINNER
Best Art Production
WINNER
Best Sound
WINNER
Best Leading Actress (Carmen Maura)
WINNER
Best Art Direction
WINNER
Best Special Effects
WINNER
Best Supporting Actor (Gabino Diego)
WINNER
Best Costume Design
WINNER
Best Picture
WINNER
Best Makeup and Hair Stylist
WINNER
Best Director (Carlos Saura)
WINNER
Best Adapted Screenplay
WINNER
Best Score
NOMINATED
Best Cinematography
NOMINATED

Montreal Film Festival

Best Leading Actor (Andrés Pajares)
WINNER

Details

Original title

¡Ay, Carmela!

Director

Carlos Saura

Producer

Coproducción España-Italia; Iberoamericana Films, Ellepi, RTVE

Running time

102 min.

Screenwriter

Rafael Azcona, Carlos Saura (Obra: José Sanchís Sinisterra)

Music

Alejandro Massó

Cinematography

José Luis Alcaine

Year

1990

Country

Spain Spain

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