THE YEAR OF THE DISCOVERY
(El año del descubrimiento)
a documentary by Luis López Carrasco, 2020, 200', DCP, color
In 1992 in Spain the Barcelona Olympic Games and the Seville Expo were held, linked to the celebration of the 5th Centenary of the Discovery of America. Spain is presented to the international community as a modern, developed and dynamic country. However, in a south-eastern town, Cartagena, the protests because of the industrial crisis became increasingly violent and would result in a mass uprising that culminate in the burning of the parliament of the Autonomous Community. In a cafeon the outskirts of the city, neighbors, young and unemployed people share dreams, daily worries and family stories. They intertwine working class’ memories from the end of the Civil War to the present. Gradually, the echo of the 1992 revolt approaches.
With the support of ICAA, Office Fédéral de la Culture, Cineforom and Succès passage antenne.
WORLD PREMIERE AT ROTTERDAM INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL (IFFR) - Tigers Competition
GRAND PRIZE Cinéma du Réel, Paris
GOLDEN ALEXANDER, Film Forward Section, Thessaloniki Documentary Festival
SPECIAL JURY PRIZE, Jeonju International Film Festival
AWARD FOR BEST DOCUMENTARY, Cinespaña
JURY PRIZE, BlackCanvas, Mexico
RADIÓNICA YOUTH PRIZE, BIFF Bogotá
BEST FILM AWARD, Mostra Novos Olhares, Olhar de Cinema
IndieLisboa International film festival
Berwick Film & Media Arts Festival
Festival Internacional de Cine FIC Valdivia - Cineastas en Foco
Black Canvas FCC Mexico
New York Film Festival
Taipei Film Festival (Taiwan)
Festival Cinematográfico Internacional de Uruguay
Cinemateket de Oslo
IFF Pacific Meridian (Russia)
Sevilla Festival SEFF
Spoutnik cinema in Geneva
Born in Spain in 1981, Luis López Carrasco co-founded the collective of directors "Los Hijos", within which he directed about ten collective short films, and a first feature film, "Los materiales" (2010), which received the Jean Vigo Prize at the Festival international de cine documentaire Punto de Vista and a mention from the Jury at FID Marseille.
In 2013, he directed his first solo feature film "El futuro", selected in Locarno and in more than 50 festivals. In 2017, his short film Aliens was also screened in Locarno, then Toronto, New-Zork, Rotterdam, etc.
He receives the Underground Spirit Award for all his films at the European Film Festival Paliç.
Production: La Cima producciones (Spain)
Co-Production: Alina film (Switzerland)
Script and direction:: Luis López Carrasco
Producer: Luis Ferrón, Luis López Carrasco
Co-producers: Eugenia Mumenthaler, David Epiney
Director of Photography: Sara Gallego Grau
Production Manager: Pablo Pérez González
Sound Mix: Diego Staub
Costume Designer: Rebeca Durán Estrada
Make up: Lucía Blasco Lerma
Editing: Sergio Jiménez Barranquero (AMAE)
Color Grading: Robin Erard
Spanish distribution: Begin Again