"There´ll be a flash in the village, a really mighty, mighty one and everything will change…", Isa uses a cassette recorder to record messages to herself for when she disappears or loses her memory.
Cita feels trapped in a marriage in a house full of saints and virgins. María returns to the town where she was born to face her loneliness. The women of a small rural town, suspended in time and whipped by depopulation, live between the apathy of their daily day where nothing extraordinary happens and a deep desire for liberating experiences that makes them rediscover the place where they believe they were happy or dreamed of being happy.
IFF Rotterdam Tiger competition
Wed 3rd March 12:00 - 13:46
"...the composed feature is laced with touches of suspense, rural surrealism, social realism and Almodovar-style humor." – Variety
"Destello bravío, as its name suggests, dazzles with its blinding talent and bears down on us with savage energy. " –
"The surprising, as well as hypnotic, debut of the Extremaduran director already counts as the first great revelation of the year" – El Mundo
"Esoteric realism to find the meaning of rural life" – El Pais
"Weird, fascinating, mysterious film, DESTELLO BRAVÍO has elements from many other films but in reality it is not similar to anything else." – Micropsia Cine
"... a supremely confident and beautifully photographed portrait of a waning Spanish town—and particularly its aging female community—that looks like an Ulrich Seidl documentary, but is generally fictive and approaches the world variously with compassion, sly humor, doses of magical realism, and plenty of unexpected details." – Mubi
Guadalupe Gutiérrez - Cita / Carmen Valverde - Clara / Isabel Mendoza - Isa
Director, writer, production design: Ainhoa Rodríguez / Cinematographer: Willy Jáuregui / Editor: José Luis Picado / Sound: Alejandro Castillo , Eva Valiño / Music: Alejandro Lévar, Paloma Peñarrubia / Producers: Ainhoa Rodríguez, Luís Miñarro, Production Companies: Tentación Cabiria, Eddie Saeta
Original Title: Destillo Bravío / English Title: Mighty Flash / shot in Digital 3k / available for screenings in DCP (24 fps) / color / 16:9 / 98 min / Dolby 5.1 and Dolby 7.1 / original language: Spanish with English subtitles / Spain 2021