Synopsis: The fates of Henry - a cynical American correspondent who has lost his soul - and Teresa, one of the Republic's censors and in charge of overseeing the news that journalists can send abroad, cross in Gernika.
Director(s): Koldo Serra
  4 nominations.
110 min


The war for freedom continues

whilst heroic deeds are done

throughout our territory.

Our magnificent loyalist militia have

expelled the fascists from Madrid.

The defeated totalitarians head north

with the aid of the enemies of freedom:

the Italian fascists

and German Nazis,

aiming to attack the impenetrable

North Democratic Belt.

From the Basque Country barricades,

tireless militia will defend democracy,

prepared to sweat blood.

A frightened Franco

seeks help from Hitler

and his Condor Legion,

led by Von Richthofen,

cousin of the Red Baron himself.

To stop them, the Soviet Union has sent

their bravest to fight for democracy

on the battlefield with a message

of death to the fascists.

We will not allow fascist

fallacies to poison our spirit.

We won the battle in Madrid.

We shall win!


I despise propaganda, pal.

I don't care who's slingin' it.


may I have a swig?



Can't share it, pal.

Cough syrup. Sore throat, see?


It is not your war.


But I'm still here, anyway.


Hello, Fran?ois, how are you?

Good, good. Just arrived

a couple of days ago.

Yes, getting in touch

with the city.

You know, you can't see

a single soldier here.

No. I'm sure. I'm sure.

Yes. No tanks, no weapons.

They're all in the border

trying to defend here, but...

Yes, somebody told me. Yes...



Hey, what are you doing?

I was transmitting my article.

I work for a French newspaper.

You know the rules.

If you tell your paper we're

losing the war, we cut you off.

It's better than

canceling your permit

or arresting you,

which we can also do.


-I'm just trying to do my job.

-So am I.

Carmen, I want a copy of his articles

one hour before transmission.

It's the first time

he's been sent as a journalist.

How are you feeling?

You don't look too good.

I didn't sleep well.

I've a lot on my mind.

Vasyl is waiting for you

in his office. Go on.

Good morning.

Teresa. How are you?


One moment.

This is for you.

No. You shouldn't.

Well, I missed you. Come.

How was Madrid?

Well, dangerous.

And I'm glad to be here.

They're beautiful.

Beauty attracts beauty.

I forgot one more thing.

Here you go.

-Too heavy for chocolates?

-It is.


Do you like it?

Thank you.

You'll pay for it.

Hit him, hit him.

-What's going on?

-He'll be hanged.

-He's lucky if that's all.

-His plane was shot down.

He's one of the

German bomber pilots.

Hey, don't you dare!

Hey, Marta.

Hey, Henry. I've been

waiting for you outside.

So, now you're drunk.

Not drunk enough.

Come on. Let's go.

Wait, sir!

Wait! Do you want an apple?


There you go.

Thank you!

Take a tip. Never

eat the local food.

Come on. It takes an hour

to get to the front.

Now, wait a minute, because...

What do we want to go to the

battlefield for, anyway?

I got a better idea. Look. Look.

This morning's troop movements.

Where did you get that map?

I drew it.

You drew it?

I figure we'd just, you know,

add a few details, like...


-My name.

In big letters.

And we take a nice photo of it.

You know?

There, in front of

those sandbags.


What kind of journalist

have you turned into?

A wise one.



Are you really going to

lie to your paper like that?

No. Not a lie.

It's the truth.

I've seen war, Marta.

I know the truth of war,

and I know how to tell it.

So, the truth is whatever

I choose to write.




You know you adore me. Come on.

Guess who has tickets to the

Bach concert next weekend?

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