North American Premiere

DIRECTED BY Álex de la Iglesia

Country: Spain
Language: Spanish
Subtitles: English
Original Title: EL BAR

Running Time: 102min
Film Year: 2017
Category: Knight Competition

Genre maestro Álex de la Iglesia, whose My Big Night was last year’s Opening Night Film, returns to the Festival with this wicked little chamber thriller that will keep you on the edge of your stool.
The Bar focuses on a huddle of clients held hostage in their beloved local after an unseen gunman kills one of their peers. With the gunman threatening to liquidate anyone who leaves, the regulars try to determine the rationale behind their being targeted. As they do so, queasy secrets begin seeping out.

With its high-concept, The Bar echoes Hitchcock and Buñuel, not to mention Tony Scott and Larry Cohen. Its distinctive black humor, ingenious characterizations and manic style, however, are 100% pure de la Iglesia.

This film is also featured in the 2017 Film Festival’s HBO Ibero American Competition  Film Category


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Director: Álex de la Iglesia
Producer: Carolina Bang, Kiko Martínez, Mikel Lejarza, Mercedes Gamero, Álex de la Iglesia
Screenwriter: Jorge Guerricaechevarría, Álex de la Iglesia

Music: Joan Valent
Cinematographer: Ángel Amorós
Editor: Domingo González

Cast: Blanca Suárez, Mario Casas, Carmen Machi, Secun de la Rosa, Jaime Ordóñez, Terele Pávez, Joaquín Climent, Alejandro Awada

Álex de la Iglesia

Álex de la Iglesia was born in Bilbao, Spain. He studied philosophy at the University of Deusto. His Perfect Crime (04), The Last Circus (10) and Witching and Bitching (13) all screened at the Festival. My Big Night (15) was last year’s Opening Night Film. The Bar (17) is his latest film.