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One hundred years ago in Galicia, a gypsy curse is put on the family Mariño. One hundred years later, Thomas, a failed writer, but the only Mariño descendent – returns to his native village of Arga to collect a Freedom of the Village Award. In itself baffling, because Arga’s local colour is depressingly Dark, as in Ages. Things clarify when the award turns out to be a ruse to lure Tomas into a sacrificial ceremony that will liberate Arga from the curse – thus ending the Reign of the Werewolves. Thomas’s only allies are his intrepid, snooping dog and childhood friend Calisto, until a crooked Madrid editor, an erudite cop into Poe and Lovecraft and a zippy grandmother show up to help ward off a crimson-eyed pack of werewolves, gracefully leaping creatures that heap up many bodies.
Lobos updates the werewolf film, particularly known in Spain, into a faced-paced comedy based on ancient rural legends that still survive in parts of Europe today. Chills and laughter guaranteed in this visually striking film, with creature design and SFX make-up by Arturo Balseiro (Pan’s Labyrinth, The Wolfman). Director Juan Martinez Moreno’s filmography includes: Dos Tipos Duros in 2003, followed by A Good Man in 2009.
Duration: 1hr 43
Version: Spanish, with French and English subtitles
Director: Juan Martinez Moreno
Producer: Thomas Cimadilla, Emma Lustres
Screenplay: Leo Marks
Cinematography: Otto Heller
Editing: Nacho Ruiz Capillas
Music: Sergio Moure
Cast: Gorka Otxoa, Secun de la Rosa, Carlos Areces