Falling Star invites us to visit crisis-plagued 19th-century Spain. The era is reflected not only in the meticulously made costumes and sets, but also in the decadence of the protagonists and the political struggle between competing factions, the Republicans and the Monarchists. The film focuses on the two-year rule of Amadeus I, Count of Savoy, an intriguing Spanish king who was famous for his Italian origins, vegetarianism, and abstinence from alcohol. The director paints a portrait of a modern king. The camera boldly captures his everyday life, catching him eating or using the toilet, or even taking a peek into his bedroom. Thus, a colorful image of the ruler is created: full of ideas and faith in the beginning, resigned and lonely in the end. Amadeus’s transformation takes place to the rhythm of exuberant music, which, combined with the gallery of unconventional characters surrounding him, lends the story a certain modern vitality.
Born in Barcelona in 1949, Luis Miñarro (at 18) founded Cine Club Arts. He has worked as a television presenter, critic, and writer, but he is primarily known as a producer of independent films, such as Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives, which won the Palme d’Or in Cannes, or Finisterrae, winner of the Grand Prix in Rotterdam. He has directed several documentaries, but Falling Star is his full-length feature-film debut.
2009 Familystrip (doc.)
2009 Blow Horn (doc.)
2012 101 (short)
2014 Spadająca gwiazda / Stella cadente / Falling Star