Rosebud / UK premiere


  • Rafa Cortés /
  • Spain /
  • 2006 /
  • 100 mins

Alex Brendemühl, Margalida Grimalt, Rafel Ramis, Heinz Hoenig, Maria Lanau, Aina de cos, Manuel Barceló, Holger Petzold, Carme Feliu / Fiction / Spanish, German & Majorcan

Identity is everything in this stylish Spanish thriller.

Hans (Alex Brendemühl, also co-screenwriter) arrives in Majorca to work as a labourer for a rich German businessman. He soon discovers that he is taking over from another Hans, who has recently vanished. The previous Hans left all his belongings and considerable bad feeling behind - and the community now seems oddly unwilling to welcome his replacement and namesake. Or could it be that one name, and one identity, is quite interchangeable with another? Set in a cold, barren town that looks nothing like the typical picture-postcard Majorcan resort, this tense, highly original whodunnit centres upon a mesmerizing performance by Brendemuhl, who was last in Edinburgh with Jaime Rosales's The Hours of the Day in 2003. NK

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