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Días contados (English title: Running Out of Time; literally: Numbered Days) is a 1994 Spanish thriller film directed and written by Imanol Uribe. It features Carmelo Gómez, Ruth Gabriel, Candela Peña, and Javier Bardem, among others. It is based on the novel of the same name by Juan Madrid.
|Directed by||Imanol Uribe|
|Screenplay by||Imanol Uribe|
|Based on||Días contados|
by Juan Madrid
|Edited by||Teresa Font|
|Music by||José Nieto|
|Distributed by||United International Pictures|
Antonio, a brazen, individualistic ETA terrorist, travels with two fellow cell members, Carlos and Lourdes to Madrid, where they intend to carry out a terrorist attack on a police station. Just like Lourdes, with whom he shares a complex romantic liaison, Antonio is caught in a downward spiral of disenchantment and despondency with respect to the organization and the life he has led so far.
He moves into the area under the guise of an unassuming photographer for the press, and finds himself falling for his neighbor, Charo, a naive prostitute with an impending drug problem who is unaware of Antonio's activities. She reciprocates, and Antonio uses her whimsical desire to have their first tryst in Granada as an excuse to flee Madrid right after he shoots a police officer. Meanwhile, matters become complicated when Antonio's identity as a terrorist is made public and Charo's sleazy, drug-addicted acquaintance Lisardo, incidentally an informant, gives Antonio's identity away to corrupt police officer Rafa.
The film ends on a tragical note as the car bomb (containing 100 kg worth of explosives) and the police car carrying Charo haplessly converge in front of the police station. Fuelled by his love, a self-destructive streak, or both, Antonio follows the car to the station gate right as Carlos presses the detonator.
- Carmelo Gómez as Antonio
- Ruth Gabriel as Charo
- Candela Peña as Vanessa
- Elvira Mínguez as Lourdes
- Javier Bardem as Lisardo
- Pepón Nieto as Ugarte
- Karra Elejalde as Rafa
- Chacho Carreras
- Joseba Apaolaza
The film is an Aiete Films and Ariane Films production. Ruth Gabriel was barely eighteen years old at the time of filming. The film argument justified several nudes scenes of the very young actress, who insisted while filming them so that none of the crew members were absent, in order to give the sequences the greatest naturalness.
Días contados was nominated for Goya Awards in 19 categories and won for the following:
- Best Actor (Carmelo Gómez)
- Best Director (Imanol Uribe)
- Best Editing (Teresa Font)
- Best Film
- Best New Actress (Ruth Gabriel)
- Best Screenplay – Adapted (Imanol Uribe)
- Best Special Effects (Reyes Abades)
- Best Supporting Actor (Javier Bardem)
- ^ a b Barrenetxea Marañón 2019, p. 331.
- ^ a b c d e f Schwartz 2008, p. 118.
- ^ Schwartz, Ronald (2008). Great Spanish Films Since 1950. The Scarecrow Press, Inc. p. 118. ISBN 978-0-8108-5405-5.
- ^ Barrenetxea Marañón, Igor (2019). "Días contados (1994), de Imanol Uribe. Desmitificando el terrorismo de ETA" (PDF). In Navajas Zubeldia, Carlos; Iturriaga Barco, Diego (eds.). El reinado de Juan Carlos I (1975-2014): Actas del VI Congreso International de Historia de Nuestro TIempo. Logroño: Universidad de La Rioja. p. 331.
- ^ "Días contados". Madrid Film Office. Madrid Destino Cultura Turismo y Negocio S.A. Retrieved 16 November 2022.
- ^ "El desnudo de Ruth Gabriel que revolucionó la España de los 90". www.libertaddigital.com. Retrieved 26 February 2022.