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The Great Flight

  • 9.3 10
  • 2014
  • 60min
The Great Flight

In the early years of the Franco dictatorship, Clara Pueyo Jornet, an active militant in the Communist Party, escapes from Les Corts prison in Barcelona by the front door. From that moment, she vanishes without a trace. She had been living on the run and she sought to escape from the rigidity of her own party. Her story is also the story of the women of her time and their struggle for freedom in a society that tried to repress them.

Awards
AWARDS: Best Documentary. La Cabina/ Special Mention of the Jury. Antofagasta Documentary International Film Festival/ Best Documentary. SomCinema 6a Mostra de Cinema i Audiovisual Catalá/ Best Mid Length Documentary. Alcances Documentary Film Festival/ Best Director. CIMA/ Best Documentary. Malaga Film Festival in Spanish/ Best Documentary. Feroz Puerta Oscura Award AICE/ Best Editing. Sole Luna Doc Film Festival 
OFFICIAL SELECTIONS: Zumzeig Cinema/ Muestra de Cine Político Dirigido por Mujeres/ International Film Festival of the Uruguayan Cinemateca/ Casal Font D´en Fargues/ OSA Archivum de Budapest/ Cine Numax/ DocSS/ IV Muestra de Cine y Derechos Humanos de Asturias/ Memorimage. X Festival Internacional de Cine de Reus/ Bogotá International Film Festival/ Women Media Arts and Film Festival/ Santiago Documentary Film Festival/ Festival du Film Espagnol de Toulouse/ États Généraux du Film Documentaire/ Mostra Internacional Films de Dones/ Dominican Republic and the Caribbean Documentary Film Festival/ Encuentros del Otro Cine International Film Festival/ Malaga Spanish Film Festival/ Cine Español al Margen

The Great Flight, searching for the woman who vanished

The Great Flight is a lucid reconstruction of the portrait of a woman who disappeared almost without a trace. In order to defeat invisibility, director Carolina Astudillo Muñoz collects the few photographs where the woman appears before escaping from the prison where she was held for being a communist at the beginning of the Franco dictatorship.

That her name is Clara Pueyo is one of the few certainties that the male narrator of the documentary dares to tell us. We can also hear the sober literature that permeates the letters that Pueyo left without sending and that allow us to see her despite not being images.

Without knowing if you are in a detective film or witnessing a suggestive essay on memory, the truth is that this film, framed in the square format of old photographs makes us get to know an unforgettable woman through the beautiful fissures of her existence.