GenreDrama Music directorTao Gutierrez CountrySpain
Release dateSeptember 10, 2008 (2008-09-10) (Toronto International Film Festival) WriterChus Gutierrez, Juan Carlos Rubio CastFarah Hamed, José Luis García Pérez, Adam Bounnouacha, Antonio de la Torre, Cuca Escribano, Antonio Dechent Similar moviesAntonio Dechent and Miguel Alcibar appear in Return to Hansala and Alone
Return to Hansala (Spanish: Retorno a Hansala) is a 2008 Spanish film directed by Chus Gutiérrez. It won the Golden Pyramid Award at the 32nd Cairo International Film Festival and was also screened at the 2008 Dubai International Film Festival.
At the beginning of this decade the bodies of eleven young Moroccan immigrants who were trying to cross the Straight appeared on the beaches of Rota. From their clothes, it was discovered that they all came from the same village, Hansala. The film tries to portray that event through the eyes of Martín, a funeral parlor owner who tries to make money on their deaths, and Leila, the sister of one of the dead boys. Together, they adventure into trying to repatriate the boy’s body by van and live an intense moral experience that will lead them to question their beliefs.
The film begins with several bodies washing up on the Spanish shore, Playa Getares, near the coastal town of Algeciras. One of them is the younger brother of Leila, a refugee living in the town. She had encouraged him to risk the boat crossing to Spain, against their family’s wishes. After identifying her brother, Leila decides to repatriate his body, and face the wrath of her parents. Teaming up with a Spanish undertaker Martin, the pair embark on the hazardous trip to Leila’s mountain village of Hansala in the Moroccan countryside. Leila’s most fundamental beliefs are challenged, as she must face her family, and their grief, anger and love. Martin meanwhile is surprised by his welcome in the village. Director Chus Gutierrez presents with great sensitivity the opposing viewpoints of her main protagonists, artfully, contrasting the lives of rich and poor, separated by only a few hundred miles.
Seminci (Valladolid, 2008)
The Golden Pyramid Award at the 32nd Cairo International Film Festival