52nd edition

Alicia En La Espana De Las Maravillas

Fortnight 1978, Feature film, 1h26

Synopsis

In this film, I tried to express fundamentally my own view of the cultural repression exercised by fascism. A repression that starts with a suffocating paternalism and ends with genocide. I have utilized the logic of the absurd already existing in the original story by Lewis Carroll, with the idea of stressing how absurd the logic of fascism can be. To underline this thought, I used the poetical power of surrealism, and was so able to tell through cinema a « tale for adults ». My tale includes a series of decisive moments of General Franco’s Spain in 1936 until 1975. But it is not the facts that are important, because above anything else, what I wanted was to present a global situation evidencing the tiranny of certain regressive forces against the people of the Spanish state. These people are represented by Alice, whose character branches out into three different actresses to give an idea of the ethnic plurality. I also wanted to express a combined situation through the sound of the aircraft cruising over the country – specifically reproducing a particular part of the soundtrack – which actually represent the power of the multinational companies. Their constant vigilance and control over each and everyone of the situations that develop in the Spanish territory. I used humor, farce, because that made synthesis a bit easier and also kept at bay the risk of falling into ideological hatred. For the same reason, paradoxically, everything that is said by the « off » voices – and a good portion of the dialogues in the film – are catually faithful reproductions of real texts which were recited and published in absolute earnest by the various characters of francoism through different stages. « Alice in WonderSpain » is a film created and fully made in Catalonia, one of the nations of the Spanish state. The culture and politica history of Catalonia include the existence of a cinematography which at this point in time is fighting to freely express her personality. Jordi FELIU

Casting

  • Concha Bardem
  • Mireia Ros
  • Montserrat Mostoles
  • Silvia Aguilar

Team

Screenplay
Jesus Borras, Antoni Colomer, Jordi Feliu

Image
Raùl Perez Cubero

Editing
Teresa Alcocer, Guillermo S. Maldonado

Music
Joan Pineda

Production

Production : RODA FILMS (Jordi Feliu)

Title in Original Version : Alice Dans L'Espagne Des Merveilles