The Blind Sunflowers (film)

The Blind Sunflowers (Spanish: Los girasoles ciegos) is a 2008 Spanish film directed by José Luis Cuerda and written by Rafael Azcona and Cuerda, based on the 2004 novel The Blind Sunflowers by Alberto Méndez. The film stars Maribel Verdú, Javier Cámara and Raúl Arévalo.

The Blind Sunflowers
Los Girasoles Ciegos, film poster.jpg
SpanishLos girasoles ciegos
Directed byJosé Luis Cuerda
Written by
Based onThe Blind Sunflowers
by Alberto Méndez
Produced by
  • Fernando Bovaira
  • José Luis Cuerda
  • Emiliano Otegui
CinematographyHans Burmann
Edited byNacho Ruiz Capillas
Music byLucio Godoy
Distributed bySogecine
Release date
  • August 29, 2008 (2008-08-29)
Running time
98 minutes

This film was Spain's 81st Academy Awards official submission to Foreign Language Film category, but it was not selected.


The plot follows the life of a family, former sympathizers of the Spanish Republic, during the early 1940s. Their lives are disrupted when a young priest falls in love with the mother. The film is set in Ourense, 1940 where a disorientated deacon, named Salvador returns to the seminary of Ourense where the Rector delays Salvador's access to priesthood for a year. Salvador begins teaching in a school where he meets with Lorenzo, the son of Elena, whom of which Salvador thinks is widowed. This opportunity multiplies with the deacon becoming obsessed with her, abusing her mentally and physically. We realise that Salvador is threatening Elena's family because of his obsession. Wounded and beaten by the circumstances, the characters of the Blind Sunflowers hit the wall of repression, impossible romances and emotional defeats, while we realise Elena's family try to search for a glimpse of hope.



Year Award Category Nominee(s) Result Ref.
2009 23rd Goya Awards Best Film Nominated [1]
Best Director José Luis Cuerda Nominated
Best Adapted Screenplay Rafael Azcona & José Luis Cuerda Won
Best Original Score Lucio Godoy Nominated
Best Actor Raúl Arévalo Nominated
Best Actress Maribel Verdú Nominated
Best Supporting Actor José Ángel Egido Nominated
Best New Actor Martiño Rivas Nominated
Best Production Supervision Emiliano Otegui Nominated
Best Cinematography Hans Burmann Nominated
Best Editing Nacho Ruiz Capillas Nominated
Best Art Direction Balter Gallart Nominated
Best Costume Design Sonia Grande Nominated
Best Makeup and Hairstyles Fermín Galán & Sylvie Imbert Nominated
Best Sound Alfonso Raposo, María Sternberg & Ricardo Steinberg Nominated
18th Actors and Actresses Union Awards Best Film Actress in a Leading Role Maribel Verdú Nominated [2][3]
Best Film Actor in a Leading Role Raúl Arévalo Nominated
Best Film Actor in a Minor Role José Ángel Egido Won

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ "Los girasoles ciegos". Premios Goya. Retrieved 17 November 2021.
  2. ^ "Penélope Cruz y Chus Lampreave, rivales en los Premios de la Unión de Actores". (in Spanish). 19 January 2009. Retrieved 16 November 2021.
  3. ^ "El filme ´Camino´ arrasa en los Premios de la Unión de Actores". El Periódico de Aragón (in Spanish). 11 March 2009. Retrieved 16 November 2021.

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