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Dirty Wolves

(Lobos sucios)

Part of the Spanish Film Festival 2016, presented by the Embassy of Spain!

Poster for the Spanish film Lobos Sucios (Dirty Wolves)Manuela (Marian Álvarez) is a single mother living with her young daughter, her sister and her mom near a remote village in Spain’s northwestern Galicia region. The only legitimate employment to be had is at a wolfram (tungsten) mine seized by Nazi forces for use in  arms production. It’s hard, ill-paid work, with some like Manuela taking great risks to sell small amounts of the mineral on the black market to Allied agents.

When Manuela comes to the attention of the mine’s handsome, ruthless German commander, Franz (Pierre Kiwitt), she plays a dangerous double game, encouraging his courtship while simultaneously funneling messages between an English doctor and a prisoner who works in the mine’s forced-labour division.

In his feature debut, director Simón Casal de Miguel guides a capable cast and the pacing has nary a wasted moment. The film is attractively shot, most notably with striking aerial shots of the gorgeous, mountainous countryside.

– Dennis Harvey, Variety


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