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Beautiful Youth

Jaime Rosales
Hermosa juventud
Spain, France  2014 / 103’

In his latest film, Spanish director Jaime Rosales (Solitary Fragments, 7th New Horizons) takes on a subject that is meaningful to thousands of young people who, just like the characters in the film, standing at the threshold of adulthood, have to come to terms with the aftermath of the economic crisis. Carlos and Natalia are a couple of attractive, uneducated twentysomethings. He works at a construction site for a miserable salary, while she, supported by her mother, sees no prospects in the job market. In the end, they are both tempted by easy money and decide to get involved in amateur porn. When Natalia gets pregnant sometime later, the world slowly begins to close its doors to them. Rosales portrays today’s youth in an ascetic, raw manner. On two occasions, he skips over chunks of time, increasing the film’s authenticity – a condensed patchwork of photo galleries and messages from social media is really nothing other than another contemporary means of documenting our lives.

Adam Horowski

awards

Cannes IFF 2014 - Prize of the Ecumenical Jury (Special Mention)

Jaime Rosales

Jaime Rosales was born in 1970 in Barcelona. He spent three years in Cuba, where he studied at the International School of Film and Television in San Antonio de los Baños, before moving on to the Australian Film Television and Radio School in Sydney. He won a FIPRESCI in Cannes in 2003 for his debut feature film The Hours of the Day. He has been inspired by the work of Robert Bresson and Yasujirô Ozu.

Selected filmography

1998 Yo tuve un cerdo llamado Rubiel (short)

2003 Godziny dnia / Las horas del día / The Hours of the Day

2007 Samotność / La soledad / Solitary Fragments

2008 Kula w łeb / Tiro en la cabeza / Bullet in the Head

2012 Sueño y silencio / Dream and Silence

Cast & Crew

director Jaime Rosales
screenplay Jaime Rosales, Enric Rufas
cinematography Pau Esteve Birba
editing Lucía Casal
sound Nicolás Tsabertidis
cast Ingrid García-Jonsson, Carlos Rodríguez, Inma Nieto, Fernando Barona, Juanma Calderón, Patricia Mendy, Miguel Guardiola
producer Jaime Rosales, José María Morales, Jérôme Dopffer
production Fresdeval Films, Wanda Vision, Les Productions Balthazar
sales Mantaraya
language Spanish, German
colouration colour