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 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.

The Blind Sunflowers
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Directed byJosé Luis Cuerda
Produced byFernando Bovaira
José Luis Cuerda
Emiliano Otegui
Written byJosé Luis Cuerda
Rafael Azcona
Based onThe Blind Sunflowers
by Alberto Méndez
StarringMaribel Verdú
Javier Cámara
Raúl Arévalo
Irene Escolar
Martiño Rivas
José Ángel Egido
Roger Princep
Music byLucio Godoy
CinematographyHans Burmann
Edited byNacho Ruiz Capillas
Distributed bySogecine
Release date
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  • 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.



  • Goya Awards
    • Won: Best Screenplay – Adapted (Rafael Azcona and José Luis Cuerda)
    • Nominated: Best Actor – Leading Role (Raúl Arévalo)
    • Nominated: Best Actor – Supporting Role (José Ángel Egido)
    • Nominated: Best Actress – Leading Role (Maribel Verdú)
    • Nominated: Best Cinematography (Hans Burman)
    • Nominated: Best Costume Design (Sonia Grande)
    • Nominated: Best Director (José Luis Cuerda)
    • Nominated: Best Editing (Nacho Ruiz Capillas)
    • Nominated: Best Film
    • Nominated: Best Makeup and Hairstyles (Fermín Galán and Silvie Imbert)
    • Nominated: Best New Actor (Martín Rivas)
    • Nominated: Best Original Score (Lucio Godoy)
    • Nominated: Best Production Design (Baltasar Gallart)
    • Nominated: Best Production Supervision (Emiliano Otegui)
    • Nominated: Best Sound (Ricardo Steinberg, María Steinberg and Alfonso Raposo)

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