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North American Premiere

DIRECTED BY Fernando Gonzalez Molina

Country: Spain
Language: Spanish
Subtitles: English

Film Year: 2015
Category: CineDwnTwn Galas

Unfolding in two parallel stories, two generations of the same Spanish family are drawn to the romance, beauty and danger of Equatorial Guinea. In 1954, strapping young Kilian (Mario Casas, in his most romantic role thus far) journeys from his Huesca home to the African island of Fernando Pó, where he falls perilously in love with Bisila (Berta Vazquez), the beautiful wife of a plantation worker.

Decades later, Kilian’s niece, Clarence (Adriana Ugarte, who plays the title role in Almodovar’s forthcoming Julieta), discovers a letter hidden among Kilian’s belongings. Clarence sets out upon her own journey to Fernando Pó (now Bioko) to retrace her uncle’s steps—and unearth a long-buried family secret. The two intertwined narratives reflect the upheavals of Equatorial Guinea itself, which declared its independence in 1968 after nearly 200 years of colonial rule, and has subsequently experienced the growing pains of any nascent nation.

This big-budget, sweeping romance, produced on the scale of Oscar-winning classics like Gone With The Wind, Out of Africa or The English Patient, is a triumph of melodrama at its most wildly sensorial. Everything is hyper-real, fiercely vivid and smoldering with passion in these years of living dangerously: the snows chill to the bone, and the palm trees sway as if swooning for the sexiness of the romantic leads. – Jaie Laplante

This film is also a part of the Lexus Ibero American Feature Film Competition.


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Director: Fernando Gonzalez Molina
Producer: Mercedes Gamero, Adrián Guerra
Screenwriter: Sergio G. Sánchez

Music: Lucas Vidal
Cinematographer: Xavi Giménez
Editor: Irene Blecua, Verónica Callón

Cast: Mario Casas, Adriana Ugarte, Macarena García, Celso Bugallo, Laia Costa, Emilio Gutiérrez Caba, Berta Vázquez, Alain Hernández

Fernando Gonzalez Molina

Fernando González Molina is from Spain. He has worked extensively in television, and his feature films include Brain Drain (09), and the box office sensations Three Steps Above Heaven (2010) and I Want You (2012). Palm Trees in the Snow (2015) is his latest film.