The Sacred Spirit

While an ongoing investigation for the mysterious disappearance of a little girl is shaking the local community, José Manuel continues his daily routine. He works in his modest tapas bar, takes care of his mother and attends the weekly meetings of the ufology association, Ovni-Levante, where he exchanges information about extraterrestrial messages and alien abductions with the rest of its devoted members. When their leader dies unexpectedly, José Manuel is the only person who knows the cosmic secret that could alter the future of humanity.

Set against a colourful and radiant backdrop, THE SACRED SPIRIT is an eerie and uncanny tale looking straight into the depths of human nature.

2021- Spain, France, Turkey – 97 minutes – Drama

Directed by: Chema Garcia Ibarra
Written by: Chema Garcia Ibarra
Cinematography by: Ion de Sosa
Edited by: Ana Pfaff
Cast: Nacho Fernandez, Llum Arques, Joanna Valverde, Rocio Ibañez
Producers:Miguel Molina, Leire Apellaniz, Marina Perales Marhuenda, Xavier Rocher, Enes Erbay
Produced by:Apellaniz & De Sosa, Jaibo Films, La La Fabrica Nocturna Cinéma, Teferruat Film

  • Locarno IFF, Competition | Special Mention (World Premiere)
  • Athens IFF
  • Black Canvas IFF
  • FEST New Directors New Films
  • Film Fest Gent
  • Sao Paolo IFF
  • Leiden FF
  • Scanorama FF
  • CPH Pix
  • Panorama of the European Film (Egypt)
  • Mar del Plata IFF
  • Singapore IFF
  • Auteur Film Festival (Serbia)
  • La Havana FF
  • Worldwide Cinephilia Week

UK – Arrow Films

“An immaculately framed feature generating uneasy amusement in the viewer and one of the standouts of the Locarno Film Festival […]

the fact that the film keeps defying expectation while invariably hitting the right note is a testament to his flair for quirky storytelling combined with a terrific eye” Variety

“a rare, singular gem that skirts all attempts at pigeonholing and hangs in a volatile space […]

At once supernatural and earth-bound. Playful and lacerating. Full of wonders” The Film Stage

“This darkly comic work walks and, for the most part, masters a tonal tightrope that few filmmakers would dare to risk” The Upcoming

“With his debut feature, Chema García Ibarra proves that he is excellent at crafting unique atmospheres, stories and sensations” Cineuropa

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