The Shepherd (El Pastor)
Director: Jonathan Cenzual Burley
Cast: Miguel Martin, Alfonso Mendiguchia, Juan Luis Sara, Maribel Iglesias
Genre: Drama, Neo-noir
Language: Spanish with English subtitles
Country of Origin: Spain 2016 98 mins. (15)
Winner Best Film, Best Director and Best Actor (Miguel Martín) 2016 Raindance Film Festival; Grand Jury Prize for Best Film at the Latinita Festival de Cine Espanol y Latinoamericano February 2017
Released bu Matchbox Films
Starring Miguel Martín (as Anselmo), Maribel Iglesias and Alfonso Mendiguchía, The Shepherd follows how a lonely shepherd’s home and way of life is threatened when building promoters become interested in his land.
Anselmo, a middle-aged shepherd, lives a poor but happy life in a small, run down house in the middle of the Spanish plains, near a small, but growing village. His dog Pillo and his sheep are his only company. A life bucolic enough for him to ignore the offers he receives from a construction company who wants to buy his house and land to build a new residential complex.
Conflicting against Anselmo’s unwillingness to sell is Julian and Paco’s greed, the owners of the neighbouring lands, who only answer to their own interests. A bloody metaphor of the greed that corrodes those who do not answer to reason in their quest to get what they want, and the inevitable, but violent consequences of their actions.