Archive of films Astronauts / Astronautas
2003, 86 min
Section: Variety Critics’ Choice: Europe Now!
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.
About the film
Color, 35 mm
|Section:||Variety Critics’ Choice: Europe Now!|
|Dir. of Photography:||Alex Catalán|
|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|