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THE APOSTLE

by Fernando Cortizo

synopsis

The story follows the journey of a convict (Ramon) who has escaped from jail and comes to a remote mountain village along the Camino de Santiago (Way of Saint James) searching for a treasure hidden there years earlier. What, at first, appears to be a deserted town in which only a few elderly people live, turns out to be a village surviving under a curse that has existed for over 600 years. Ramon soon finds that the harmless elders are actually looking for souls to trade with the grim reaper himself. And so begins his adventures to find the treasure, understand the mysterious events taking place in the village and to escape with his life. In true Agatha Christie suspense style, the story also has a hidden look into the values and traditions of a culture that is centuries old and is based on myths and stories of the pilgrimages to Compostela that have been traveled by millions since the 11th century. The lifelike quality of the characters, and the way the atmosphere surrounding them seems to be a living entity in itself, draws the viewer into the film in a new and unique way.

international title: The Apostle
original title: O apòstolo
country: Spain
sales agent: Artefacto producciones [ES]
year: 2012
genre: animation
directed by: Fernando Cortizo
film run: 80'
release date: NL 23/04/2015
screenplay: Fernando Cortizo
cast: Carlos Blanco, Xosé Manuel, Olveira 'Pico', Paul Naschy
cinematography by: Matthew Hazelrig
film editing: Fernando Alfonsin
art director: Maria Hernanz
music: Xavier Font, Philip Glass, Arturo Vaquero
production: TVE - Televisión Española, TVG Televisión de Galicia, Artefacto producciones [ES], Audiovisual Aval SGR [ES], EFG-Renascence Productions [US], Igape [ES], Instituto de Crédito Oficial (ICO) [ES], Xunta de Galicia [ES]
backing: Ministerio de Cultura
distributor: Arti Film
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main awards/selection

Málaga Film Festival 2012 
Sitges Film Festival 2012 
Annecy Film Festival 2013 
Austin Film Festival 2013 
Leiden International Film Festival 2014 
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