Archive of films The Sad Smell of Flesh / El triste olor de la carne

2013, 87 min

Section: Forum of Independents - Competition
Year: 2013

Alfredo Barrera is taking his little girl to school, as he does every morning. But this isn’t a day like all the others. For the first time in all these years he decides on a change of plan – and no-one has the faintest idea of his intentions.... An original minimalist film which tells its story in one shot, without a single cut.


Father of a middle-class family Alfredo Barrera takes his little daughter to school as he does every morning. But today only appears to be the same as the previous days, and his established rituals have a different flavor. Nobody knows that he lost his job a month ago. Nor does anyone know that Alfredo has a plan… For the next ninety minutes, we never let him out of our sight. In one long take without a single cut, we follow Alfredo over his shoulder as he walks the streets of Vigo in Galicia, absorbing the anonymous atmosphere of the big city where posh avenues form an apathetic stage for anonymous human tragedies, and the line of banks remind us of the source of our ubiquitous modern enslavement. The film’s suggestive, minimalist documentary style is also a silent indictment of a subject that plagues Spanish society: evictions as a result of people’s inability to make their mortgage payments are a daily occurrence in Spain. In the past five years alone, there have been 400,000 forced repossessions.

About the director

Cristóbal Arteaga Rozas (b. 1979, Santiago de Chile) studied journalism and in 2001 began to work in advertising. He moved to Spain in 2002, where he attended a course in media communications in Madrid. The following year, he returned to Chile, where he directed commercials until 2007. In 2006, he completed his studies in screenwriting and wrote scripts for various projects, including A Manual for Forgetting (Manual de Instrucciones para olvidar). In 2009, he received a grant for his script for the feature film I Invite You to My Funeral (Te invito a mi funeral), followed by screenplays for Constructing a Sound (Construcción de un sonido, 2010) and 10 Years and a Day (10 años y un día, 2010). He currently lives in Spain, where he shot Lighthouse without an Island (Faro sin isla, 2011), about the solitude of lighthouse keepers, and The Sad Smell of Flesh.


Cristóbal Arteaga Rozas
Baixada a igrexa 5, 36210, Vigo
Tel: +34 629 441 731
E-mail: [email protected]

About the film

Color, DCP
World premiere

Section: Forum of Independents - Competition
Director: Cristóbal Arteaga Rozas
Screenplay: Cristóbal Arteaga Rozas
Dir. of Photography: Pablo Kaufmann
Editor: Pablo Kaufmann
Producer: Cristóbal Arteaga Rozas
Production: Deica
Cast: Alfredo Rodríguez, Ruth Sabucedo, Sabela Vázquez
Contact: Cristóbal Arteaga Rozas


Cristóbal Arteaga Rozas

Film Director

Alfredo Rodriguez Fernandez


Xoana Baz

Film Crew

Pablo Kaufman

Director of Photography

Pio Cribeiro

Film Crew


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