30 años de oscuridad

30 años de oscuridad

Manuel H. Martín

Spain, 2011, 85 min., Spanish


After the end of the Spanish Civil War, Manuel Cortés, the former mayor of Mijas, in Malaga, didn’t have the chance to leave Spain. After a long and dangerous way back to his home, he was able to make it without being noticed. His wife, Juliana, already warned him on the numerous executions which were being held in their town. Both of them decided to open a small hole in the wall where Manuel could hide. Manuel Cortés never imagined that the small room inside the wall would be his particular prison for 30 years. This is the story of the so-called “post-war moles”, who had to sacrifice their entire life to avoid repression.



Manuel H. Martín
He graduated in Audiovisual Communication at the University of Seville, where he met Olmo Figueredo González-Quevedo, which meant the seeds of the production company La Claqueta. Manuel H. Martín has developed a large career as producer in corporate and advertising projects. As a Director, he has produced the short film El árbol seco (2007), the video clip Sin Miedo for Dardem (2008) and the short documentary Pepe Luis Vázquez: El sabio de San Bernardo (2009). In 2010 he directed Bécquer Desconocido, Asecan Critic Prize for Best Documentary and in 2011 the short film El defensor, awarded with the IAJ Desencaja prize for Best Director and RTVA prize for Andalusian Production at the Latin American Film Festival of Huelva, 2011. In 2012 he has directed 30 años de oscuridad, his first full-length documentary, Finalist in the 2012 Goya Awards for Best Full-Length Documentary. He has just finished the first season of the animation series Art poética and is currently working on his first script for a full-length fiction film, Distrito Sur.


2012 Art poética
2012 El Defensor
2011 30 años de oscuridad
2010 Bécquer desconocido
2009 Pepe Luis Vázquez. El sabio de San Bernardo
2007 El árbol seco

30 años de oscuridad

España, 2011, 85 min, Español

Dirección /Direction

Manuel H. Martín

Guión / Script

Jorge Laplace

Fotografía / Cinematography

Dani Mauri

Música / Music

Pablo Cervantes

Producción / Producers

Olmo Figueredo González-Quevedo

Compañía productora / Production company

La Claqueta, Pizzel 3D e Irusoin.

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