17. Mai 2006

Munich, 17 May 2006. Beta Cinema has acquired the distribution rights to the Spanish Cannes Film Festival entry Salvador. Directed by Manuel Huerga, it relates the story of the prominent underground rebel (Daniel Bruehl, “The Edukators?, “Good Bye, Lenin?) against the Franco regime. It will be screened in the section "Un certain regard" at the Cannes Film Festival on 23 May. Beta Cinema holds the world rights, excluding Spain, where the film will be distributed by Warner Brothers. Salvador is produced by Mediapro, Jaume Roures Productions in coproduction with Future Film.
The Spanish-language film tells the story of the young underground freedom fighter Salvador Puig Antich, who fought against the Franco regime in the Iberian Liberation Movement (MIL) and was guillotined in 1974, the last political prisoner in Spain to be executed. Through his uncompromising struggle against Fascism, for which he was ready to sacrifice his life, Salvador became a hero for an entire generation of young Spaniards. Director Manuel Huerga documents an area of recent Spanish history that has yet to be adequately treated in the cinema. He sees the film both as an impressive plea against the death penalty and as the indictment of a society that is unwilling to confront its past. 
Germany’s shooting star Daniel Bruehl, who was born in Barcelona, plays the lead role of the young Salvador. Bruehl's film "Merry Christmas" (Joyeux Noël) was nominated for an Oscar and for the César, the French film award. Bruehl has been personally honored with three German and three European film prizes. Co-starring with Bruehl are Tristán Ulloa (Goya nominee for "Sex and Lucia" and "Mensaka"), the Argentinean Leonardo Sbaraglia (Goya winner for "Intacto"), Leonor Watling (Goya nominee for "My Mother Likes Women" and "A Time for Defiance") and Ingrid Rubio (awards for "The Lighthouse" and "Taxi? at the film festivals of Montreal and San Sebastián). Manuel Huerga’s film "Antártida" won the Spanish film award Goya. The script was written by Lluis Arcarazo, the music by Lluis Llach.