November 1870: with 191 in favor, Amedeo d’Aosta, the brother of the future King Umberto I and member of the House of Savoy, becomes king of Spain. He arrives in Madrid on January 2nd, 1871 and that very same days is sworn in on the constitution. The king is armed with liberal and progressive ideas, but his royal ideals soon clash with the reality of Spain in that period, dominated by intrigues, corruption and every iniquity the human soul is capable of imagining. He is forced to spend most of his time inside his palace, in fear that the political instability will erupt into an assassination attempt, and two years later, Amedeo abdicates, declaring Spain ungovernable.
Lluís Miñarro (Barcelona, Spain, 1949), a Catalonian producer and director, has produced the works of numerous international filmmakers, including Alber Serra (Honor de cavallería, 2006, winner of the Torino Film Festival; El cant dels ocells, 2008), José Luis Guerín (En la ciudad de Silvia, 2007), Lisandro Alonso (Liverpool, 2008), Manoel de Oliveira (The Strange Case of Angelica, 2010) and Apichatpong Weerasethakul (Uncle Boonme Who Can Recall His Past Lives, 2010, Palme d’Or at Cannes). He has directed two documentaries and two fiction films.
Familystrip (doc., 2009), Blow Horn (2009), 101 (cm, doc., 2012), Stella cadente (2014).
“A free and delirious film that defends the need of joy in life. A game with the viewer in which nothing is what it seems. An ironic look on the esthetical values of the 1970s, ‘when we were so happy.’”
Lluís Miñarro, Sergi Belbel
interpreti e personaggi/cast and characters
Alex Brendemühl (Amedeo), Barbara Lennie (Victoria), Lorenzo Balducci (l’assistente del re/king’s assistant), Lola Dueñas (la cuoca/cook), Francesc Garrido (il ministro/minister Serrano), Alex Batllori (il ragazzo/boy), Gonzalo Cunill (il ministro/minister Zorrilla), Francesc Orella (Obispo)