La hora de los valientes 1998
Manuel, a young anarchist, is a great admirer of classic art. He works as a security guard at the Prado Museum. Just after the outbreak of Civil War in 1936, the Spanish Government decides to transfer the works from the Prado to Valencia in an effort to protect the historical heritage. Manuel recovers a self-portrait of Francisco de Goya. The film is set in Madrid, in the early months of the fighting. And as its basis, it has a love story.
Many critics call this Antonio Mercero’s best film, referring to its higher professional standard than his other works. The mise-en-scene is extraordinary, and the camera movements break away from their typical use until then. It also addresses the subject delicately, paying special attention to development of the characters and progression of the plot in a context where bombings and murders had become everyday occurrences.
Actors: Adriana Ozores, Gabino Diego, Héctor Colomé, Leonor Watling, Luis Cuenca
Length: 124 minutes
1998 - Antonio Mercero, Leonor Watling and Gabino Diego filming "La hora de los valientes"
1998 - Antonio Mercero with several crew members from "La hora de los valientes"
1998-05-14 - "Mercero returns to film with a love story in the middle of the Civil War"
1998-06-20 - Antonio Mercero: "I want it to be like a story told by a child, a story filled with idealism"
1998-11-21 - Antonio Mercero: "Telling the story of the Civil War is an obligation"
El Norte de Castilla
1998-12-02 - Antonio Mercero: "Narrating the Civil War is a personal, moral and historic duty"
1998-12-21 - Antonio Mercero: "It is painful to investigate the war, because you find much hatred"