IMPORT ZONDER NL ONDERTITELING ! Shot in the summer of 1975 as General Franco lay dying, Sauna's masterpiece takes its title from a sinister Spanish proverb: 'Raise ravens and they'll pluck out your eyes'.
A subtle yet unmistakable indictment of the family as a repressive force in Spanish society, Cría cuervos centres on an eight-year-old orphan (the spellbinding Ana Torrent, The Spirit of the Beehive) who believes herself to have poisoned her cold, authoritarian father (Héctor Alterio), a high-ranking military man whom she blames for the death of her adored mother (Geraldine Chaplin).
One of cinema's most hauntingly vivid depictions of a child's fantasy-imbued reality. Cría cuervos is a darkly unsettling and deeply touching film which stands as a landmark of Spanish cinema.
UK | 1976 | colour | Spanish language, with optional English subtitles | 109 minutes | Original aspect ratio 1.66:1