A Film by Lluís Miñarro
Release Date: 31 October 2016
Stella Cadente (in English ‘Falling Star’), Lluís Miñarro’s lavish, lascivious story of the doomed Spanish King Amadeo I in the early 1870s, is unlike any cinematic historical portrait before it.
Taking this little-known episode of Spanish history, the film functions as a metaphor for contemporary Spain (and Europe) and its ongoing state of crisis.
Both historical film and camp melodrama, this richly layered film is suffused with absurdist asides, surreal interludes and sexually explicit reverie.
Its bold and beautiful tableaux are filled with casual references to art and literature, colourfully and radiantly filmed by Jimmy Gimferrer (cameraman for fellow Catalan filmmaker Albert Serra, among others).
Wonderfully performed, sumptuously designed, sometimes shocking and playfully anarchic, Stella Cadente is one of the most original and transcendent works to emerge in contemporary European cinema.
• Stella Cadente (2013) – presented from a new digital remaster of the film.
• Familystrip (2009) – Lluís Miñarro’s acclaimed feature-length documentary portrait of his family.
• Booklet featuring a new essay by journalist and programmer Neil Young.
• New and improved English subtitle translation.