The Galician Enciso’s third feature looks fascism in the face. The film takes place in the shadows of the Franco regime, with a script based on texts by myriad Spanish writers and a story sparked by the return of the mysterious Anxo (played by Misha Bies Golas) to his village after disappearing during the Spanish Civil War. People around him describe that time, their memories, and their subsequent lives, with the choice between submission and resistance hanging on each speaker’s words. Mauro Herce’s cinematography transmits light and strength from individual spirits while darkness looms overhead. (A. C)
Born in Galicia, Spain, Enciso graduated in Filmmaking in Cuba before making his feature debut with the documentary Pic-nic. His second film, Arraianos, which combined an ethnographic approach with the performance of locals, was shown in festivals worldwide and awarded for best film in BAFICI, among others. In Longa Noite, his third film, Enciso uses excerpts from plays, memoirs and letters from the Franco regime to continue his exploration of cinema on the basis of literary sources.