The Devil's Backbone


1h 46m 2001

Brief Synopsis

The mournful fable of the Santa Lucia School during the last days of the Spanish Civil War. An imposing stone building set on a desolate plateau, the school shelters the orphans of the Republican militia and politicians, and other abandoned children. Upon his arrival at Santa Lucia, 10-year-old Carl

Film Details

Also Known As
Devil's Backbone, Espinazo del Diablo, El
MPAA Rating
R
Genre
Drama
Horror
Period
Thriller
Release Date
2001
Distribution Company
Sony Pictures Classics
Location
Madrid, Spain

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 46m

Synopsis

The mournful fable of the Santa Lucia School during the last days of the Spanish Civil War. An imposing stone building set on a desolate plateau, the school shelters the orphans of the Republican militia and politicians, and other abandoned children. Upon his arrival at Santa Lucia, 10-year-old Carlos is confronted with the hostility of Jaime, the oldest of the children. Besides aged professor Casares, the adult personnel of the school includes Carmen, the steely headmistress; Alma, another teacher; Conchita, the cook; and the young caretaker Jacinto. Aggressive and greedy, Jacinto is filled with hatred for the school that houses him and the teachers that raised him. Gradually, Carlos uncovers the dark ties that bind the inhabitants of the school, including the secret that haunts them--Santi, a student who was brutally murdered, and whose pale ghost now wanders the grounds. Who killed Santi on the night when a bomb fell in the center of the courtyard, miraculously without exploding?

Film Details

Also Known As
Devil's Backbone, Espinazo del Diablo, El
MPAA Rating
R
Genre
Drama
Horror
Period
Thriller
Release Date
2001
Distribution Company
Sony Pictures Classics
Location
Madrid, Spain

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 46m

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Miscellaneous Notes

Expanded Release in United States December 21, 2001

Released in United States 2001

Released in United States August 2001

Released in United States December 14, 2001

Released in United States Fall November 21, 2001

Released in United States November 2001

Released in United States October 2001

Shown at Edinburgh International Film Festival (Eyes of the World) August 12-26, 2001.

Shown at Fort Lauderdale International Film Festival October 19 - November 11, 2001.

Shown at Hamptons International Film Festival October 17-21, 2001.

Shown at Locarno International Film Festival August 2-12, 2001.

Began shooting April 1, 2000.

Completed shooting July 15, 2000.

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Released in United States 2001 (Shown at Fort Lauderdale International Film Festival October 19 - November 11, 2001.)

Released in United States 2001 (Shown at Telluride Film Festival August 31 - September 3, 2001.)

Released in United States August 2001 (Shown at Edinburgh International Film Festival (Eyes of the World) August 12-26, 2001.)

Released in United States August 2001 (Shown at Locarno International Film Festival August 2-12, 2001.)

Released in United States October 2001 (Shown at Hamptons International Film Festival October 17-21, 2001.)

Released in United States November 2001 (Shown at AFI Fest 2001: The American Film Institute Los Angeles International Film Festival (Latin Cinema Series) November 1-11, 2001.)

Released in United States Fall November 21, 2001

Released in United States December 14, 2001 (Los Angeles)

Expanded Release in United States December 21, 2001