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El Año del descubrimiento
The Year of the Discovery
© Lacima Producciones / Alina Film

Luis López Carrasco


Sara Gallego


Alberto Carlassare, Jorge Alarcon San José


Sergio Jiménez Barranquero


Lacima Producciones, Alina Film


Lacima Producciones, Begin Again Films, Off Ecam

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En 1992, dix ans après la victoire du parti ouvrier de Felipe Gonzalez, l’Espagne donne l’image d’un pays civilisé, moderne et dynamique. Cependant, dans la ville de Carthagène, située dans le sud-est du pays, émeutes et manifestations s’achèvent par l’incendie de la préfecture régionale à l’aide de cocktails molotov.

In 1992 – 500 years after the beginning of Spain's global empire with the discovery of America – Spain proudly presented itself to the international community as a modern, developed, dynamic country through the Olympic Games in Barcelona and the Expo in Seville. But for filmmaker Luis López Carrasco (1981, Murcia), 1992 was also the year in which the regional parliament building in Cartagena was razed during furious protests against the threatened closure of various local industries.
El Año del descubrimiento revives this almost forgotten history in a typical Spanish bar in Cartagena, where different generations come together to drink, eat, smoke and talk. Stories from witnesses, demonstrators and strikers from back then and discussions among younger café visitors on themes such as class consciousness, the economic crisis and the role of unions percolate to the surface amidst talk of other life issues.
As in his debut El Futuro (2013), about a house party on the eve of the parliamentary elections of 1982, in his second feature-length film López Carrasco creates a dialogue between contemporary Spanish reality and a moment from the recent past using the experiences and opinions of ordinary people. The screen, split in two, shows footage of activities and discussions in the local bar, drawing us both into the moment and into the history that has shaped this present.

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