A film by Carlos Saura
Shot in the summer of 1975 as General Franco lay dying, Sauna's masterpiece takes its title from a sinister Spanish proverb: Raise ravens and they'll pluck out your eyes.
A subtle yet unmistakable indictment of the family as a repressive force in Spanish society, Cría cuervos centres on an eight-year-old orphan (the spellbinding Ana Torrent, The Spirit of the Beehive) who believes herself to have poisoned her cold, authoritarian father (Héctor Alterio), a high-ranking military man whom she blames for the death of her adored mother (Geraldine Chaplin).
One of cinema's most hauntingly vivid depictions of a child's fantasy-imbued reality. Cría cuervos is a darkly unsettling and deeply touching film which stands as a landmark of Spanish cinema.
- Presented in both High Definition and Standard Definiton
- Portrait of Carlos Saura (José Luis López-Linares, 2004, 60 mins, DVD only)
- On-stage interview with Carlos Saura (2012, 23 mins, DVD only)
- Original theatrical trailers
- Optional English language soundtrack
- Fully illustrated booklet featuring new essays and notes from Maria Delgado, Mar Diestro-Dópido and Michael Brooke.
Spain | 1976 | colour | Spanish language, with optional English subtitles | 109 minutes | Original aspect ratio 1.66:1
Disc 1: BD50 | 1080p | 24fps | PCM mono audio (48k/24-bit)
Disc 2: DVD9 | PAL | Dolby Digital audio (320kbps)