General Report on Certain Matters of Interest For a Public Screening
The great filmmaker Pere Portabella’s monumental 1976 documentary recounts the dawn of democracy in Spain following the death of dictator Francisco Franco.
Shot in the months following the death of Franco — and, consequently, the death of the oppressive regime that had ruled the country for almost 40 years — General Report combines clandestinely filmed footage of public protests with extensive conversations between politicians as they try to determine how to transition from a dictatorship to a democracy. Placing as much value on form as it does on content, General Report is a vital document of one of the turning points of 20th-century European political history, an event whose repercussions continue to be felt to this day. As we present Portabella's belated sequel, General Report II. The New Abduction of Europe, at this year's Festival, we are proud to bring this milestone of political filmmaking back to the screen.
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