Eloy de la Iglesia’s biggest box office hit was made in a rough, neo-realist style suitable to its gritty themes of drug addiction, juvenile delinquency and Basque nationalism in 1980s Spain. The cold, dark atmosphere of the Basque country is a perfect backdrop to this tragic tale of love, friendship, and heroin addiction. Paco and Urko, two Bilbao teenagers, are firm friends despite their disparate backgrounds – Paco’s family are right wing and traditional, Urko lives with his single father, a left wing pro-independence politician. Partly they bond over a shared desire for Betty, a young Argentinian prostitute, but most of all over a shared addiction to heroin.
This screening is introduced by Andy Willis, University of Salford and our Senior Visiting Curator of Film. This introduction will be BSL interpreted and the film will include English subtitles.