Culture, Screen

‘La Buena Nueva’

The year is 1936, and a young man, Miguel, becomes the priest in a socialist village in Spain at the same time as the uprising. When the war breaks out, the right wing party takes control and the executions begin.

This is the true story portrayed in the film ‘La Buena Nueva’, to be shown at the Instituto Cervantes on 25 March. The film follows the story of Miguel as he fights for the rights of the oppressed people and seeks refuge with a teacher in the village, whose husband was assassinated at the start of the war.

The film is about much more than the story of one man, however, and focuses also on the way the Catholic Church supported the uprising against the Republic, known as “Holy Crusade.” Over the three years of Civil War, Miguel feels as though the clergy is the only way to defend the people of the village against the Republic, and will risk his own life in the name of Christ.

He embodies the strength of their convictions and personal coherence in a passionate and timeless call against injustice. The director, Helena Taberna, learned the story of the young priest as a child, and the film is actually based off of her family friend.

With this film, Taberna wished to “render a healing and poetic memory to those who lost the war,” and not to point a finger at the guilty ones. Even though Taberna’s movies deal with delicate issues, there is usually a pervasive feeling of hope, and this carries through in this film as well.

This film is a timeless story of human passions, hatred and love, full of emotion and will lead the audience to think about human beings as a whole, as well as Spain’s recent past.

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