Cleveland International Film Festival } March 25 – April 5, 2020 } Tower City Cinemas



Year: 2017
Country: SPAIN
Run Time: 114 minutes


Sent by his father to fight in the Spanish Civil War, Martin returns years later to find his family farm impoverished and his younger brother, Joaquin, shockingly different from the young man he left behind. Afflicted with gigantism, Joaquin is nearly eight feet tall, and still growing. Crippled in the war and unable to work the farm, Martin seizes on a scheme to exploit his brother’s freakish size and earn enough to help his family. Joaquin reluctantly agrees, despising the stares and laughter, while wanting to save their farm. Now begins a grueling sideshow journey across 19th century Europe, with the leering eyes of the world upon them. As the fame of the giant grows across the nations, so too does Joaquin—physically and emotionally—as he becomes less willing to be ridiculed and displayed. Based on the true story of Miguel Joaquin Eleizegui Arteaga, better known as the “Giant from Altzo,” HANDIA is a gorgeous evocation of a time not that different from today. Though a tale of sibling rivalry, human fear, and ignorance, the film never fails in its compassion towards those who are outcast and exploited. (In Spanish and Basque with subtitles) —C.R.

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Tower City Cinemas

Monday, April 09, 2018 at 11:20 AM

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Tuesday, April 10, 2018 at 6:50 PM

Wednesday, April 11, 2018 at 3:00 PM

Cinema en Español

International Narrative Competition


Jon Garaño, Aitor Arregi

Jon Garaño and Aitor Arregi are native to Spain’s Basque Country. They studied film at the Centro de Artes Escénicas, and each has gone on to direct several films independently. They co-founded the production company Moriarti. HANDIA has won numerous awards including ten Goya Awards and the Special Jury Prize at the San Sebastian International Film Festival.

HANDIA (2017)

Iñaki Gomez, Iñigo Obeso, Xabier Berzosa

Jon Garaño, Aitor Arregi, Andoni De Carlos, Jose Mari Goenaga

Javi Agirre Erauso

Laurent Dufreche, Raúl López

Principal Cast
Eneko Sagardoy, Joseba Usabiaga, Iñigo Aramburu, Ramon Agirre, Aia Kruse

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