Cleveland International Film Festival } April 7 – April 20, 2021

BUTTERFLY'S TONGUE
(LA LENGUA DE LAS MARIPOSAS)

Year: 1999
Country: Spain
Run Time: 94 minutes

Northern Spain in the mid-1930s. Moncho, an eight-year-old from a village in Galicia, is sent by his family to attend an intimidating new school where he is first frightened by the elderly, pinch-faced headmaster Don Gregorio. To the boy's rescue comes an unexpected friend...Don Gregorio, who, despite his age and countenance, is a compassionate and free-thinking humanitarian. He lives in a world filled with bowerbirds, butterflies, poetry, and love, and undertakes to educate Moncho in kind. Their idyllic teacher-student friendship is disrupted by the rising flames of the Spanish Civil War, and violent fascist intolerance of anyone whose personal and political philosophies run counter to Franco or the state church. Someone like Don Gregorio. The old scholar is portrayed by Fernando Fern?n Gom?z, one of Spanish cinema's most durable and respected actor-directors. Here, after six decades onscreen in prestige productions like "Belle Epoque" (18th CIFF, 1994), the venerable thespian is paired poignantly with child performer Manuel Lozano for an unforgettable look at a bygone era. (In Spanish with English subtitles.)

Screenplay
Rafael Azcona (based on the stories "La Lengua de las mariposas," "Carmina" and "Un Saxo en la niebla" by Manuel Rivas).

Director
Jose Luis Cuerda

Producer
Fernando Bovaira, Jos? Luis Cuerda.

Cinematography
Javier Salmones.

Editing
Nacho Ruiz Capillas.

Principal Cast
Fernando Fern?n G?mez, Manuel Lozano, Ux?a Blanco, Gonzalo Uriarte, Tamar Novas, Alexis de los Santos, Guillermo Toledo.

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