|THE SKY TURNS (EL CIELO GIRA) (director/writer: Mercedes Álvarez; screenwriter: Arturo Redin; cinematographer: Alberto Rodríguez; editors: Sol Lopez/ Laurent Dufreche/ Julia Juaniz/ Guadalupe Pérez García; cast: Peio Azketa, Hicham Chate, Cirilo Fernández, José Fernández, Josefa García; Runtime: 110; MPAA Rating: NR; producer: José María Lara; New Yorker Films; 2004-Spain-in Spanish with English subtitles)|
|"Elegiac documentary of
one year in the life of the director's
hometown in her rural north Spain farming
by Dennis Schwartz
In the first half, Ms. Álvarez relates how out of touch with the modern world is her picture postcard town of Aldealseñor. The poor farmland and the abandoned central palace leave the impression of a dying community. Through archival photos we see Franco's Fascists meeting in the town square and contrast that with present day tour guides taking visitors through the Roman ruins. The second half of the film gives way to future hope, as construction crews are busy putting up new sites such as turning the palace into a luxury hotel. The deserted village expects to be reborn to fit into the modern-world, as progress wipes out a traditional location.
REVIEWED ON 7/3/2016 GRADE: B-
Dennis Schwartz: "Ozus' World Movie Reviews"
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