Director: Cesc Gay
By Sarah Stopforth
Having missed out of the French Film Festival, I was determined to experience a film at the Spanish Film Festival, and luckily on the final night of the Perth dates, Rhys and I were able to see Truman at Cinema Paradiso.
Sitting in the surprisingly crowded cinema, I was surrounded by people speaking Spanish in every corner of my ear, drawing us into the foreign world of Spanish Cinema, even before the opening credits.
Truman follows the reunion of childhood friends Julián and Tomás. Tomás returns to Madrid to visit his oldest friend, who has been fighting lung cancer. Tomás only has four days in Madrid before he must go home to his Canadian family, so the two pals must make up for lost time quickly.
The movie is named after Julián’s pet dog and long-time companion, Truman. As Julián knows that he is dying, he struggles to put Truman up for adoption.
With a staggering 100% rating on Rotten Tomatoes (I didn’t think this was possible), Truman blends comedy with tragedy and a natural progression of emotions so flawlessly, this does not surprise me.
The film premiered in September 2015 with outrageous success in the Contemporary World Cinema section at the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) and went on to win five Goya Awards, including Best Film, Best Director, Best Screenplay, Best Actor and Best Supporting Actor.
From superb performances, a perfect soundtrack of Spanish guitars (that I want to find and download it was so great) and a touching, real story that makes you feel all the feels. Literally, I felt everything. This story about a dying actor really hits home.
TRUMAN is to be independently released, so keep an eye out on Luna Palace Cinemas for its re-release.