Bil’s rating (out of 5): BB.
Alternate title: Death In Granada
Spain/France/USA/Puerto Rico, 1997. Antena 3 Televisión, Canal+, Enrique Cerezo Producciones Cinematográficas S.A., Esparza / Katz Productions, Kanzaman, Miramar Films. Screenplay by Marco Zurinaga, Juan Antonio Ramos, Neil Cohen, based on the books The Assassination of Federico Garcia Lorca and Federico Garcia Lorca: A Life by Ian Gibson. Cinematography by Juan Ruiz Anchia. Produced by Moctesuma Esparza, Robert Katz, Marcos Zurinaga. Music by Mark McKenzie. Production Design by Gil Parrondo. Costume Design by Leon Revuelta. Film Editing by Carole Kravetz Aykanian.
Years after his family fled war-torn Spain and relocated to Puerto Rico, a young man (Esai Morales) decides to travel back to the homeland to research a book he is writing about poet and playwright Federico Garcia Lorca (played in flashback by Andy Garcia). He arrives in Granada to find well-guarded secrets and dangerous men who are not afraid to kill Morales in order to keep him from finding out the truth. This film is long on passion but short on information, and while it does a good job of carrying its lead characters through the steps needed to make a good sleuthing tale, it reveals little about Lorca himself. Morales’ character is a giant bore, his romance with a family friend’s daughter flat and his interest in Lorca, aside from meeting him once a child, is never explained adequately. I also love that the only romance and sex in a film about a gay icon of literature happens for the straight people; Lorca doesn’t even get to display a relationship with a family member, let alone romantic entanglements.