Cleveland International Film Festival } March 22 – April 1, 2023 } Playhouse Square

Garbo: The Spy

Year: 2009
Country: SPAIN
Language: English, Catalan, Spanish, German
Run Time: 88 minutes

Garbo: The Spy

If you ever read Graham Greene's "Our Man in Havana," or saw the classic screen version starring Alec Guinness, you'll remember the main character was a British spy who duped his handlers into thinking he had a huge network of agents. Juan Pujol Garcia was a real-life spy in the same mold. A Barcelona-born World War II double agent who worked for the British while convincing the Germans he was their man, Pujol was at one point getting paid for the support of 27 entirely fictional agents. Known simultaneously by his code names Arabel (German) and Garbo (British), Pujol had a key role in the success of Operation Fortitude, misleading the Germans about the timing and location of the Invasion of Normandy. In recounting Pujol's fascinatingly bold story, Spanish filmmaker Edmon Roch interviews Spanish and English espionage historians, including an American Countess who worked in Spain as a spy. GARBO: THE SPY stylishly intercuts archival footage with excerpts from spy movies, including, of course, "Our Man in Havana." Shortly after the war, word got out that the great Juan Pujol Garcia had died. But this international man of mystery had one last trick up his sleeve… (In English, Catalan, Spanish, and German with subtitles) – B.B.

CIFF34 Screenings

Wednesday, March 24, 2010 at 7:25 PM

Thursday, March 25, 2010 at 12:10 PM

Sunday, March 28, 2010 at 11:30 AM

Edmon Roch

Edmon Roch is a journalist who holds a Ph.D. in Art History. He has written, directed, and produced five short films. His credits as a producer include Whit Stillman's "Barcelona" (1994), Fernando Colomo's "The Butterfly Effect" (1995), Jean-Jacques Annaud's "Seven Years in Tibet" (1997), and Whit Stillman's "The Last Days of Disco" (1998).


Edmon Roch, Sandra Hermida, Belén Bernuy

Beth Rourich, Gabriel Guerra, Joachim Bergamín

Alexander Adams

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