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Before the Fall
North american Premiere
- Spanish with English subtitles
North American Premiere
WINNER: Best Picture, Best Actress, Best Screenplay, Malaga Film Festival
OFFICIAL SELECTION, Berlin International Film Festival
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Director: F. Javier Gutiérrez
Screenplay: Juan Velarde, F. Javier Gutiérrez
Cast: Victor Clavijo, Mariana Cordero, Eduard Fernandez, Daniel Casadella, Ana de las Cuevas
Producers: Antonio P. Perez, Jose Ibanex, Antonio Meliveo
Distributor: Filmax International
What would you do if the world was going to end in 72 hours? Life in the small Spanish town of Laguna spirals into hell when the UN Secretary General broadcasts an announcement that an enormous meteorite is heading for our planet, with impact projected to be in three days time. Secret attempts to alter the situation have failed and now all the world leaders can do is inform the public of their impending doom. The chances of human survival after impact: zero. Within hours, the town, and likely, the entire world is in absolute chaos. Down on his luck working stiff Ale grabs his mother and drives out of town to his brothers house in the countryside to get away from the panic. When they arrive, they learn that the children there have not yet heard the horrible news, and they decide to shelter them from it, pretending that nothing is wrong. But something is very wrong, beyond even the spectre of doomsday. There was a prison riot nearby and the guards simply abandoned their posts. It wasnt long before the prison was empty, the criminals returning to the streets. One desperado in particular, a vicious child killer, was put away years ago by Ales brother, and has sworn bloody vengeance on his entire family. Now, with the world in a blizzard of lawlessness, the killer is coming straight to them.
A tense thriller staged against the backdrop of apocalypse, BEFORE THE FALL is equal parts modern Western, society falls apart drama and, in its harrowing last act, serial killer revenge thriller, all the while operating within a disarmingly quiet and minimalist approach that refuses to let the film fall into simple spectacle. Produced in part by Antonio Banderas' Green Moon Productions and directed by multiple award-winner F. Javier Gutiérrez, BEFORE THE FALL is an atypical shotgun blast of paranoid suspense and melancholic anxiety, made all the more bitter by the underlying knowledge that those we watch protecting loved ones and fighting for their lives will nonetheless be dead within hours regardless of their victories or defeats. One for the End Times indeed.