SPA17 Uncertain Glory18th April, 2017
Cult director Agustí Villaronga (Black Bread, 2011) applies his unique vision to Joan Sales i Vallès’ 1956 novel of the same name – considered one of the best Catalan novels of all time, and the first to portray the civil war from the republican side.
Uncertain Glory is the story of three anarchist students from Barcelona fighting in the war. It’s Spain, 1937. Lluís is a soldier, a loner who doesn’t believe in the war he’s fighting. While stationed at an inactive posting, he falls madly in love with Carlana, a swindling landowner whose only thirst is for power. Carlana tricks him and tramples on Lluis’ self-esteem, dragging him into a downward spiral of passion, betrayal and humiliation that will have devastating consequences for everyone involved.
Though Joan Sales fought on the Madrid and Aragon fronts, he distilled his experiences of bitter conflict into a timeless story of three men at war with themselves and in love with the same woman and it is that love story that forms the base of Villaronga’s adaptation. A thrilling epic and authentic, home-grown classic. Playing in the Spanish Film Festival in Australia, 2017.