Archive of films Astronauts / Astronautas

2003, 86 min

Section: Variety Critics’ Choice: Europe Now!
Year: 2004

Compassionate, offbeat drama about a recovering drug addict and his relationship with an Andalusian teenage girl.


A compelling, compassionate drama centered on a recovering junkie, Astronauts is an unpolished gem whose freshness and originality far outweigh its occasional indulgences. Writer-director Santi Amodeo´s first solo feature looks free and easy but is, in fact, highly controlled, and has "cult" written all over it. Wild-eyed fortysomething Daniel (Nacho Novo) tries to start a new life by renovating a tumbledown house; he later allows Laura (Teresa Hurtado), a 16-year-old Andalusian, to stay with him. Slowly, it emerges Daniel is following a decalogue for recovery provided by his shrink. His attempts to follow the 10 items of advice, with Laura´s help, lead to much lowkey comedy, lent extra weight by a fabulous central perf from the physically spiky, energetic Novo.
Jonathan Holland


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About the film

Color, 35 mm

Section: Variety Critics’ Choice: Europe Now!
Director: Santi Amodeo
Screenplay: Santi Amodeo
Dir. of Photography: Alex Catalán
Music: Lavadora
Editor: J. Manuel G. Moyano
Producer: José Antonio Félez
Production: Tesela P. C.
Cast: Nancho Novo, Teresa Hurtado de Ory, Alex O’ Dogherty, Jöns Pappila, Enrico Vecchi, Manolo Solo, Julián Villagrán
Contact: Tesela P.C., Instituto de la Cinematografía y de las Artes Audiovisuales, Kevin Williams Associates


Pilar Torre Villaverde

Santi Amodeo

Eleonora Seguí Polnoroff


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