(EN) A Letter for Evita


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Film. Eva Perón needs only a microphone and a podium to give even dictators goose bumps with her speeches. When Evita speaks, the world listens. Including, reluctantly, Spain’s fascist dictator Franco and his rigorously conservative wife Doña Carmen. It is 1947 and Franco needs allies to support hi anti-communist politics. Argentina’s President Juan Perón agrees to state visit – but sends his wife instead, much to the dismay of Franco and especially, his wife. And so, in Madrid, two strong women cross paths- and cross swords over a third woman, perhaps the strongest of all: the ardent communist freedom fighter Juana Doña, sentenced to death for inciting crimes against the state. As Juana’s young son writes a letter to Eva Perón imploring her to save his mother, chance leads the boy directly to Evita, who is moved by his letter and does all she can to have Juana’s sentence commuted to a prison term. Her intervention infuriates Doña Carmen; but she knows that as long as Evita is Francos’ guest in Spain, there is only one first lady…

Festival de San Sebastián – Pantalla Televisión
Zoom Festival Europeo de Cine para Televisión

  • Directed by: Agustí Villaronga
    Written by: Alfred Pérez, Roger Danès and Agustí Villaronga.
    Music: Joan Valent
    Cinematography: Josep Maria Civit
    Sound: Licio Marcos de Oliveira.
    Cast: Julieta Cardinali, Ana Torrent, Nora Navas, Jesús Castejón, Carmen Maura, Malena Alterio, Héctor Colomé, Marina Gatell, Julián Solerm and Rubén Ochandiano.
    Production: coproducción; Televisión Española (TVE), Televisió de Catalunya (TVC) and Copia Cero Producciones.

It is a guarantee, of course, that at the head of this argument (Franco’s most shabby) is a director like Agustí Villaronga, who already recreated in ‘Pa Negre’ that atmosphere as told by Emili Teixidor in a memorable book.

Juan Cruz, ‘El País’. 31st of May 2013.

Festival Internacional de Programas Audiovisuales
Fipa D ́or – Mejor actriz – Julieta Cardinali
Fipa D ́Or – Mejor Guión

New York Festivals & TV & Film Awards (2013)
New York Golden World Medal – Best Mini serie

World Media Festival Hamburgo – Silver Medal

Montecarlo TV Festival – Nymphe d’Or – Best Mini Serie
Montecarlo TV Festival – Nymphe d’Or – Best Actress Julieta Cardinali