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“A mastery of image and timing that allows the audience to fully grasp the extent of the sorrow that casts its shadow over the lives of the brothers and the unjust dependence it creates”.
Mikel Insausti, GARA

“Rayo invites us to make our own interpretations of a film that has much in common with Asian cinema”.
B .Eizagirre Indo, BERRIA

“Even the predictable elements of the story work in the film’s favour”.
Harkaitz Cano, DIARIO VASCO

“Yesterday, Nacho Vigalondo managed to keep the audience in fits of laughter for the duration of the screening of his second feature film”.
Enrique Mingo, DIARIO VASCO

“A comedy in which the ridiculous is dressed up as realism; a cross between science fiction and the TV sketch show Muchachada Nui”.
Mitxel Ezquiaga, DIARIO VASCO

“Vigalondo has met with exceptional grace the challenge of concentrating almost all the action of the story into a single scene and sharing the narrative between a cast of just four individuals”.
Koldo Landaluze, GARA

“A side-splitting laugh riot that some are already calling the independent Spanish comedy of the year”.
C. David Carrón, LA RAZÓN

“Highly calculated; Vigalondo's script moves along with clockwork precision”.

“Extraterrestre is an inventive chamber piece that marries the alien invasion and rom-com genres with a cheery sense of audience collusion”.

“Kore-Eda is a master at revealing the psychology of children with scenes redolent of local culture that warm your soul”.
Itziar Reyero, ABC

“A film that has two layers, two flavours, although only one is actually seen; however, it is not difficult to discern from afar the subtle aftertaste of unhappiness in the countershot of the children”.
E. Rodríguez Marchante, ABC

“A film that is convinced of its capacity to move without importuning, to generate an emotional response without pestering the audience”.
Luis Martínez, EL MUNDO

“Like a window on everyday life, on the spontaneity of its characters and the aptness of its setting – both in terms of the family environment and the city that is presided over by an omnipresent cloud of volcanic ash that no one seems to pay attention to”.
Carlos Pumares, LA RAZÓN

“Here, Kore-Eda (...) adopts a friendlier tone yet does not renounce his taste for everyday life narrated with exacting detail, without authorial intervention or the temptations of contemplation”.

“A beautiful fable about desires, dreams and miracles, told with great tenderness and shot with supreme mastery”.
Gontzal Agote, BERRIA

“Intelligent in its responses and in its study of how each individual experiences religion, crude in its allusions to Tintin (watch out, Spielberg!) and sober but effective in its drawing and animation”.
Begoña del Teso, DIARIO VASCO

“A carefully worked and personal vision of the character and filmography of a woman who was also very closely linked to the film festival and to San Sebastian”.

“A splendid fury is generated in the guts of this film, which is lit by director of photography Eric Devin with an unhesitating harshness”.
Begoña del Teso, DIARIO VASCO

“Moving, without ever falling into the easy discourse of sentimentality. A work of great beauty”.
Koldo Landaluze, GARA

“Applauded during the press conference and provoked roars of laughter and gasps of surprise for its plot twists”.
Inés P. Chávarri, EL PAÍS

“Dynamic and at times irreverent, this laudable film is supported by the efforts of a cast filled with veterans such as Josean Bengoetxea, Nagore Aranburu, Kontxu Odriozola and the evergreen Montserrat Carulla”.
Koldo Landaluze, GARA

“Esnal takes on a complicated genre, black comedy with a touch of thriller, and comes up trumps”.

“A film that can be defined in just one word: incredible”.
B.Eizagirre Indo, BERRIA

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