Year of the Discovery, The

Año del descubrimiento, El

DIRECTED BY: Luis López Carrasco COUNTRY: Spain, Switzerland YEAR: 2020 SPOKEN LANGUAGE(S): Spanish SUBTITLES: English, German RUNNING TIME: 200 min  

SECTION: International Competition


Neighbors, youngsters and unemployed workers chat inside a bar between cigarettes, breakasts and snacks. They remember unusual dreams, share job stories and plan future projects. The bar is located in the city of Cartagena, in the southeast of Spain. As the day goes on, the riots from the industrial crisis of 1992 are heard more and more closely.
In 1992 in Spain the Barcelona Olympic Games and the Seville Expo were held, linked to the celebration of the 5th Centenary of the Discovery of America. The country is presented to the international community as a modern, developed and dynamic country. Meanwhile in Cartagena, the protests because of the crisis became increasingly violent and would result in a mass uprising that culminate in the burning of the parliament of the Autonomous Community.

Luis López Carrasco was born in Spain in 1981. In 2008 he co-founded Los Hijos, an experimental cinema and documentary collective, with Javier Fernández Vázquez and Natalia Marín Sancho. They directed several shorts such as EL SOL EN EL SOL DEL MEMBRILLO (2008). Their first feature film, LOS MATERIALES, was awarded the Jean Vigo Prize for Best Direction at the Punto de Vista International Film Festival in 2010.

Para ser cajera del súper siempre hay tiempo (2007), El sol en el sol del membrillo (2008), Los materiales (2010), El futuro (2013), Arboles (2013), Aliens (2017), The Year of the Discovery (2020)

SCRIPT: Raúl Liarte, Luis López Carrasco PRODUCER: Luis Ferrón, Luis López Carrasco, Pedro Palacios, Daniel M. Caneiro, Ricard Sales, Marta Lacima, Javier Fernández CINEMATOGRAPHY: Sara Gallego Grau EDITOR: Sergio Jiménez Barranquero SCORE: CAST:


PRODUCTION COMPANY: Alina Film, LaCima Producciones WORLD SALES: Begin Again Films (