THE BAR is a disturbing, claustrophobic and frenetic thriller with the visual power that comes withan Álex de la Iglesia film. This renowned genre director took inspiration from Carpenter’s Assaulton Precinct 13 and Buñuel’s Exterminating Angel, and sprinkled it with his own particular brandof black humor.
Selected at 67 BERLINALE at the Official Selection out of competition.
Selected at 20 Málaga Film Festival at the Official Selection out of competition.
Black Comedy, Thriller / 2016 / Spanish / 106 min / Spain
A bar on an average day at mid-morning. Long-standing regulars andstrangers sidled up to the bar, sharing fried pastries and grilled ham andcheese sandwiches. Life goes on as normal until one customer exits andis shot in the middle of the deserted square. Inside, the group is stunnedand only one of them decides to go out to help the downed man, promptlyreceiving a bullet himself.
Everyone tries to come up with an explanation for why nobody inside goesout to help the fallen men: there could be a madman shooting from therooftop. The square remains strangely empty and their phones have noservice. Amid the confusion, they discover that someone removed the bo-dies from the square without them noticing. At that point, their speculationsare unleashed, but soon one idea takes hold: What if the danger is inside?And what if the shots are to keep them from exiting the local and puttingthose outside in danger?
Álex de la Iglesia (Witching and Bitching)
Pokeepsie Films (Shrew's Nest)
Atresmedia Cine (Palm Trees in the Snow)
Nadie es Perfecto (Shrew's Nest)
Jorge Guerricaechevarría (To Steal from a Thief)
Álex de la Iglesia (The Day of the Beast)
Director of Photography
Ángel Amorós (Witching & Bitching)
Blanca Suárez (I'm So Excited!)
Mario Casas (Palm Trees in the Snow)
Jaime Ordóñez (Witching & Bitching)
Carmen Machi (I'm so excited!)
Alejandro Awada (Francisco, the Man Behind the Pope)
Terele Pávez (Witching & Bitching)
Secun de la Rosa (Witching & Bitching)