El bosque animado

El bosque animado (English: The enchanted forest) is a 1987 Spanish comedy-fantasy film directed by José Luis Cuerda, based on the eponymous novel written by Wenceslao Fernández Flórez, with a script by Rafael Azcona. The film has a large ensemble cast headed by Alfredo Landa. It was a critical success winning five Goya Awards including Best Film, Best Director and Best Actor.

El bosque animado
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Theatrical release poster
Directed byJosé Luis Cuerda
Produced byEduardo Ducay
Screenplay byRafael Azcona
Emiliano Otegui
StarringAlfredo Landa
Tito Valverde
Alejandra Grepi Miguel Rellán
Music byJosé Nieto
CinematographyJavier Aguirresarobe
Edited byJuan Ignacio San Mateo
Classic Films Producción, S.A.
Release date
  • 2 October 1987 (1987-10-02)
Running time
103 minutes


The film shows the adventures of the human inhabitants of the shrubland of Cecebre and how their paths cross over under the shelter of a lively forest where animals, people and plants form a harmonious system. It notably tells the misfortunes of Malvís, a farm hand sick of the shortages of his trade, who decides to become a bandit and hides in the shrubland under the alias Fendetestas, and who is joined by a kid as an apprentice, Fuco; of Geraldo, a well-digger who lost a leg while whale hunting and is in love with Hermelinda, who is leaving to the city fed up with her aunt; of the lost soul of Fiz de Cotovelo, damned to follow the procession of spirits; and of the D'Abondo family, the lords and ladies of the parroquia, among other characters.


  • Alfredo Landa as Malvís / Bandid Fendetestas
  • Tito Valverde as Geraldo
  • Alejandra Grepi as Hermelinda
  • Miguel Rellán as Fiz de Cotovelo
  • Alicia Hermida as Gloria Roade
  • Amparo Baró as Amelia Roade
  • Fernando Rey as Sr. D'Abondo
  • Manuel Alexandre as Roque Freire
  • Encarna Paso as Juanita Arruallo
  • María Isbert as Moucha
  • Antonio Gomero as civil guard
  • Paca Gabaldón as Sra. D'Abondo

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