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Vacas (Cows) is a 1991 Spanish film, the first full-length feature by director Julio Medem. The film stars Carmelo Gomez , Emma Suarez , Anna Torent , Txema Blasco and Karra Elejade . It won the 1993 Goya Award for Best New Director.
Usually categorized as rural drama , the film narrates the lives of two Basque families covering the years 1875-1936, which historically were the unstable and bloody years from the Carlist War to the Spanish Civil War.
The aesthetics of the movie established strongly Medem's so-called "dreamy style" (which ironically can be very nightmarish). His expressionist values would contrast rapidly with a time period in the Spanish cinema when the influences from the American movies would multiply (i.e. Alejandro Amenábar). The structure of Vacas is made out concentric circles: European Style--Spanish History--Basque culture--A village--Two houses of that village and, overseeing them all, the cows. The narrative is also very concentric; the film uses a continuous recycling recourse (i.e. the same actors play the three generations, which can be slightly confusing). Medem would also use a loop-like approach in his film Los amantes del círculo polar.
Small segments of Vacas were used by Medem in his documentary film La pelota vasca to illustrate the Carlist Wars.
- Writing credits: Julio Medem and Michael Gaztambide
- Music: Alberto Iglesias
- Runtime: 96 minutes
- Release date: 1991 (Spain)
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