Bodas de Sangre (Blood Wedding)

Friday, 11 December

Bodas de Sangre (Blood Wedding)

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Carlos Saura, Antonio Gades, Federico García Lorca | 1981 | ES | 72' | EN subs

A troupe of flamenco dancers and musicians arrive and get ready for a dress rehearsal. Ceremoniously, they apply their make-up, display the pictures they carry as amulets, tune the guitars or smoke a cigarette to calm the nerves. The intermingling of clothes, bodies, props and voices reaches such a beauty that we are left wondering if the performance did not already start much before we began watching.

Bodas de sangre presents itself self-consciously as the work of three men: Lorca, Gades, Saura. The legendary dramatic poet, the dancer and choreographer that popularized flamenco internationally and the crucial filmmaker that so well portrayed the moral decline of the Spanish old guards. All three share a deep love for popular and traditional cultures which in their works is enlivened by continual experimentation.

In this adaptation of Lorca’s theater play, dance takes over the place of words: a flamenco highly stylized at moments that, however, always preserves the roughness, passion and joy of the popular. Hoarse deep voices and lamenting or vivacious guitars accompany the drama. And the exceptional cinematography composes a second succession of movements, creating a multidirectional intensity on the floor. ---

We abide by the rules as set by the RIVM and we will have only 15 guests per screening. You can drop by at Cavia an hour before each screening to make a reservation at the bar. While at our venue, be mindful to remain at 1.5 meter distance from other people. We trust all to be responsible with their health and hygiene check.


Date & Time: 

Friday, 11 December, 2020 - 20:30


  • film


  • dance


5 euro (Cineville card valid)
Filmhuis Cavia
Van Hallstraat 52-1
1051 HH Amsterdam


Go through the gate. Cavia is on the right hand side, above Xena Sports. Take the stairs.


Former squat, now legalised

Filmhuis Cavia is a counterculture cinema, founded in 1983 by a squatters movement, which programs films you aren't likely to see anywhere else.


  • film

opening times: 

Our regular screenings are on Tuesdays (programmed by Jeffrey), Thursdays and Fridays, but we also have extra screenings and film festivals throughout the year. Look us up to find our monthly program.

Doors always open half an hour before the film starts.