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La lengua de las mariposas / The Tongue of the Butterflies
Official Section - Not in competition

Early 1936. In a small Galician village, 8-year-old Moncho is about to star school. He's afraid. He's heard the teachers hit you. Don Gregorio, the teacher who doesn't hit his students, has to go to the boy's house and physically colect him. Don Gregorio teaches his students things that are as useful as they are unacademic: the American origin of potatoes or why butterflis have got a spiral tonghe. With the arrival of spring, Don Gregorio takes the classes out into the countryside. Observing nature is much more beneficial than hours and hours of indoor lessons. Everything comes to an end on 18th July when the values and principles they have learned are relegated to a second plane and the relationship between apprentice and teacher is cut short. 

BIOGRAPHY

JOSÉ LUIS CUERDA

Albacete, 1947. Some of his most outstanding fils are Pares y nones (1982), El bosque animado (1987), Amanece, que no es poco (1988), La viuda del capitán Estrada (1991), La marrana (1992), Tocando fondo (1993) and Así en el cielo como en la tierra (1995). He has also produced both of Alejandro Amenábar's films, Tesis and Abre los ojos (Open Your Eyes). 

CAST & CREW
Director
José Luis Cuerda
Screenplay
Rafael Azcona
Plot
Manuel Rivas (¿Qué me quieres, amor?)
Photography
Javier Salmones
Edition
Nacho Ruiz Capillas
Music
Alejandro Amenábar
Cast
Fernando Fernán-Gómez, Manuel Lozano, Uxía Blanco, Gonzalo Martín Uriarte
Running Time
95 m.
Country
Spain
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